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Norway's brothers in arms advance at Euros

AFP  |  Berlin 

Norway's defending European champion Filip Ingebrigtsen, along with brothers and Jakob, moved smoothly into the final of the men's 1500m after successfully negotiating their heats at today.

The 25-year-old Filip, the sixth fastest European of all time over 1500m who also won world bronze in last year, clocked 3min 40.88sec in finishing third in his heat behind Poland's Marcin Lewandowski and Briton to progress to Friday's 12-man final.

Henrik, the eldest of the trio at 27, won bronze behind Filip in having previously won the European crown in in 2012 and a silver in 2014. He also progressed after coming in third (3:49.54) in his heat won by Britain's

Jakob, who will be 18 next month, might be the one to watch out for, however, posting 3:40.81 in winning the third and final heat.

The teenager, coached like his siblings by father Gjert, has a fledgling career based on a solid all-rounder's grounding in cross-country, and 5000m, as well as over 1500m and the mile.

"Of course I'm satisfied to get into the final," he said.

"It's all about training. We've been working really, really hard. I'm really excited."

In May this year, ran a 3:52.28 mile, which included an incredible final lap of 55.42sec, showing how dangerous he could be should family tactics come to the fore come Friday.

"If anyone wants to join the Ingebritsen party, please do so!" said a buoyant Henrik, sporting a mohawk and bushy moustache.

"I'm a and I haven't done a fast time this year, so I am confident."

Filip admitted that "has more experience" as temperatures in soared above 34 degrees Centigrade (93F).

And discounted family tactics, saying: "Initially we were thinking about racing tactics together, but Filip will go for himself, so we decided that we all will do the same."

- Howe's reincarnation -


Italy's US-born one-time long jumper admitted he was looking for an unlikely reincarnation over 200m, 11 years on from his last major championships podium.

"After I tore my achilles tendon in 2011, I couldn't continue with the long jump," Howe said.

"I lacked that reactivity, so my suggested I switch to the 200m and it was a really good idea."

Howe, who won the 2006 European title and world silver in a year later, clocked 20.60sec in his heat to advance to semi-finals later Wednesday.

In pole for the 200m will be Azeri-born Turk Ramil Guliyev, the reigning world champion who was pushed back into silver in by Spain's

The Spaniard, born in to Spanish parents who then relocated to Canada, insisted he was focused initially on the 200m.

"I feel stronger than ever," said the 26-year-old, who missed all last season after a in Madrid, in which he was a passenger, that left him at risk of a

After consulting Spanish Xavier Mir, the go-to for ranks of battered MotoGP riders, the was avoided and the genetics graduate made his return to the track.

He has since set Spanish records for both the 200 and 400m (20.04, 44.69).

"The 200m is my favoured distance and I have a lot less experience over 400m."

Wednesday's evening session, with temperatures tipped to top 37C (99F), features four other medal events as well as the denouement of the

Women will compete in the 10,000m and shot put, while and take centre stage for the men before the sapping 1500m finale of the

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 17:15 IST