Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen again failed to win the world championship title over 1500 meters for the first time.

The Norwegian running star had to admit defeat to the British Josh Kerr in the final at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. A year ago in Eugene he lost to Kerr’s currently injured compatriot Jake Wightman.

Ingebrigtsen wrong as Favorite

Olympic bronze medalist Kerr stayed ahead in the sprint and won in 3:29.38 minutes, Ingebrigtsen finished second in 3:29.65 minutes. His compatriot Narve Gilje Noras (3:29.68) took bronze just behind him. Based on his performances so far this season, 22-year-old Ingebrigtsen was a big favorite for the title in Hungary. Last year in Eugene he compensated with gold over 5000 meters.

The Olympic and World Championships runner-up Marileidy Paulino from the Dominican Republic clearly won the women’s 400 meters in 48.76 seconds. Poland’s Natalia Kaczmarek (49.57) took second place ahead of Sada Williams from Barbados (49.60).

Last year’s winner Katie Moon from the USA and Australia’s Nina Kennedy shared the title in the women’s pole vault with a jump of 4.90 meters. Third was European champion Wilma Murto from Finland, who mastered 4.80 meters.