And so the impossible became possible. Wanda Diamond League action returned for the first time in 2020 with Oslo’s Impossible Games on Thursday (11). Although an exhibition event, a host of records and entertaining battles lit up the unusually empty Bislett Stadium.
Portugal claimed the single Super League promotion place at the European Athletics Team Championships First League on Sunday (11) in Sandnes, Norway – home to the fabulous Ingebrigtsen brothers – despite winning only four of the 40 events over three days.
Endurance may be the key component when it comes to success at this discipline, but at the European Cross Country Championships in Tilburg, the Netherlands on Sunday (9), senior champions Filip Ingebrigtsen and Yasemin Can showed it also helps to have little speed.
World 1500m bronze medallist Filip Ingebrigtsen has emerged as a world-class performer over the past couple of seasons. A key turning point for the 24-year-old came when winning the European 1500m title in 2016.
Medals are like buses. After Vebjorn Rodal claimed bronze in the men’s 800m in Gothenburg in 1995, Norway went 10 consecutive editions of the IAAF World Championships without winning a medal on the track. Then in a matter of days, at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, two appeared almost at once.
Ekaterini Stefanidi produced a championship record to win the pole vault while Yasemin Can of Turkey completed a distance double victory on day four of the European Championships in Amsterdam on Saturday (9).