According to the latest episode of the Norwegian Podcast "Breaking Marathon Limits", Jakob Ingebrigtsen weighs 74kg(163Ibs) to his height of 187cm (6ft 2in) wich equals a BMI of 21.
Time to debunk the myth "the leaner the better" without loosing strenght/power. What do I mean by that?
Jakob has (as we all clearly have seen both on the track and XC) improving his PBs and medal harvest every year and is already one of the best middle-longdistance athlete in the world! One key to success is consistency without withdrawal from long term injury and/-or illness. Better to be on the safety side than to chasing weight. That's a recipe for short term effects until you getting multiple injuries after another (stress fractures in particular due to underfueling/overtraining at a level your body can´t handle).
A quote from his father (and former coach) Gjert Ingebrigtsen: "People get "shocked" and ask, isn't nutrition important? Well, the important thing about nutrition is to get enough nutrition. Because there are far too many of you who get too little. I see much more of it than those who get too much."