Jakob won that at a canter. Despite the heat, despite the fact he had ran 3 rounds of the 1500m, including a sub 3:30 just 5 days ago, despite needing to grab a water, despite hardly ever running the 5000m - he absolutely destroyed the best East African distance runners in the world over 5000m.
One Norwegian family decides to switch from the familiar route of xcountry skiing, and go into distance running, and all become elite, with the youngest (so far) dominating.
Jakob is a rare and phenomenal talent, but I doubt if there are not quite a few more Jakobs out there in Europe if they had somebody like Gjert as a father pushing them into distance running at an early age. In fact, there are several 'next Jakobs' in Scandinavia alone emerging, both male and female.
When I started posting here 5 years ago, there had only ever been one non-East African who had ever won a DL 1500m, let alone a 5000m. Few believed there would ever be a European men's 1500m champ again, let alone in a distance event. Of course, it's a large part due to better testing finally being introduced to East Africa, which has not only degraded the performances of East Africans, but it's spurred on the rest of the world, who now can believe they are competing on a more level playing field.
The myth is over.
And Max would have won the 800m, and Keely was impeded by Mu.
And let's give Jake Wightman the 100% credit he deserves for beating Jakob, who unlike as some were saying the other day, is clearly at his very best here.