Oslo Diamond League: Jakob Ingebrigtsen runs world’s fastest mile in 21 years


Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen ran the world’s fastest mile in 21 years, clocking 3 minutes, 46.46 seconds at a Diamond League meet in rainy Oslo on Thursday.

Ingebrigtsen was chasing the European record and just missed Brit Steve Cram‘s 3:46.32 from 1985.

Still, the 21-year-old Norwegian had the 13th-best time in history and the fastest since world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco clocked 3:44.95 in 2001. El Guerrouj’s world record is 3:43.13 from 1999.

Ingebrigtsen is building toward the world championships next month in Eugene, Oregon, where he will bid to follow his Olympic 1500m title with his first world title.

Full Oslo results are here. The Diamond League moves to Paris for a meet on Saturday.

Elsewhere in Oslo, Devon Allen followed his breakout 110m hurdles time on Sunday by winning his Diamond League season debut.

Allen, who will join the Philadelphia Eagles as a wide receiver after the track season, clocked 13.22 seconds clipping a hurdle into a headwind, four days after running 12.84, the third-fastest time in history, in New York City.

While Allen beat reigning world champion Grant Holloway on Sunday, the Oslo field didn’t feature the other top contenders for the USATF Outdoor Championships next week or the world championships. Rio Olympic champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica scratched.

American discus thrower Valarie Allman suffered her first defeat since Sept. 1. In a battle between Olympic champions, Croatian Sandra Perkovic prevailed with a 66.82-meter throw. Allman, who has the world’s top throw this year of 71.46, threw 65.91 wearing sneakers rather than throwing shoes.

American Alicia Monson, who already earned a world spot in the 10,000m, finished fifth in a 5000m where the top three were Ethiopians, led by Dawit Seyaum prevailing in 14:25.84. Monson ran 14:31.11, chopping 11.45 seconds off her personal best and moving to No. 3 on the U.S. all-time list.

American Chase Ealey won the women’s shot put by upping her personal best for a third consecutive meet. She threw 20.13 meters and in the last month moved from seventh to fourth on the U.S. all-time list.

The women’s shot is shaping up to be one of the intriguing events at nationals, where the top three in most events qualify for worlds. Maggie Ewen has a bye into worlds as reigning Diamond League season champion. Ealey is No. 1 in the nation this year by nearly a foot.

Raven Saunders, the Tokyo Olympic silver medalist, ranks sixth in the country this year. Michelle Carter, the 2016 Olympic champion, hasn’t competed since missing the Olympic Trials after having a benign tumor removed. Carter said last week that she will compete at nationals.

Olympic champion and world record holder Mondo Duplantis won the men’s pole vault with a 6.02-meter clearance, upping his 2022 world lead by one centimeter. American Sam Kendricks, the reigning world champion, scratched before what would have been his Diamond League season debut.

Olympic silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson won the women’s 800m in 1:57.71, slicing one hundredth off her best time this season. Olympic gold medalist Athing Mu, who didn’t enter Oslo, has the best time this year of 1:57.01.

“Athing Mu took my world lead so I want it back,” the Brit Hodgkinson said, according to meet organizers.

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Joel Embiid gains U.S. citizenship, mum on Olympic nationality

Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said he is now a U.S. citizen and it’s way too early to think about what nation he would represent at the Olympics.

“I just want to be healthy and win a championship and go from there,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

Embiid, 28, was born in Cameroon and has never competed in a major international tournament. In July, he gained French nationality, a step toward being able to represent that nation at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In the spring, French media reported that Embiid started the process to become eligible to represent France in international basketball, quoting national team general manager Boris Diaw.

Embiid was second in NBA MVP voting this season behind Serbian Nikola Jokic. He was the All-NBA second team center.

What nation Embiid represents could have a major impact on the Paris Games.

In Tokyo, a French team led by another center, Rudy Gobert, handed the U.S. its first Olympic defeat since 2004. That was in group play. The Americans then beat the French in the gold-medal game 87-82.

That France team had five NBA players to the U.S.’ 12: Nicolas BatumEvan FournierTimothe Luwawu-CabarrotFrank Ntilikina and Gobert.

Anthony Davis, who skipped the Tokyo Olympics, is the lone U.S. center to make an All-NBA team in the last five seasons. In that time, Embiid made four All-NBA second teams and Gobert made three All-NBA third teams.

No Olympic team other than the U.S. has ever had two reigning All-NBA players on its roster.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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LA 2028, Delta unveil first-of-its-kind emblems for Olympics, Paralympics

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Emblems for the 2028 Los Angeles Games that include logos of Delta Air Lines is the first integration of its kind in Olympic and Paralympic history.

Organizers released the latest set of emblems for the LA 2028 Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday, each with a Delta symbol occupying the “A” spot in LA 28.

Two years ago, the LA 2028 logo concept was unveiled with an ever-changing “A” that allowed for infinite possibilities. Many athletes already created their own logos, as has NBC.

“You can make your own,” LA28 chairperson Casey Wasserman said in 2020. “There’s not one way to represent Los Angeles, and there is strength in our diverse cultures. We have to represent the creativity and imagination of Los Angeles, the diversity of our community and the big dreams the Olympic and Paralympic Games provide.”

Also in 2020, Delta was announced as LA 2028’s inaugural founding partner. Becoming the first partner to have an integrated LA 2028 emblem was “extremely important for us,” said Emmakate Young, Delta’s managing director, brand marketing and sponsorships.

“It is a symbol of our partnership with LA, our commitment to the people there, as well as those who come through LA, and a commitment to the Olympics,” she said.

The ever-changing emblem succeeds an angelic bid logo unveiled in February 2016 when the city was going for the 2024 Games, along with the slogan, “Follow the Sun.” In July 2017, the IOC made a historic double awarding of the Olympics and Paralympics — to Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.

The U.S. will host its first Olympics and Paralympics since 2002 (and first Summer Games since 1996), ending its longest drought between hosting the Games since the 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960.

Delta began an eight-year Olympic partnership in 2021, becoming the official airline of Team USA and the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Athletes flew to this year’s Winter Games in Beijing on chartered Delta flights and will do so for every Games through at least 2028.

Previously, Delta sponsored the last two Olympics held in the U.S. — the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

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