The outspoken coach has for many years devoted much time and energy to get up three of his sons in the highest world class. In the summer, won the Jacob (18) surprisingly, the gold medal at both 1500 and 5000 meters during the european championships in Berlin.
Thus, he became the third of the Ingebrigtsen brothers to become european champion. Henrik (27) took the gold medal in 2012, while Philip (25) did it in 2016.
Gjert Ingebrigtsen is clear on what is the heaviest burden as a responsible trainer.
- To keep the boys healthy and skadefrie is the biggest challenge. They have a total of around four to five injuries a year, and for my part, there is a kjempebelastning. It's a balancing act, he said to NTB in connection with the launch of the book "the Art of raising a world champion".Pushes inward
Also in the book is skadefrykten a theme. Dad Ingebrigtsen parts where the concerns he has had for Jacob:
"The fact that he pushes so colossally inward, making sure he gets the load very wrong on the whole foot, all the way up in your hips. And the faster he runs, and the bigger and heavier he gets, the more press it gets down in the legs on him. He can risk that he can't keep running", type Gjert and continues:
"He is simply so good and runs so fast that he is struggling so much the muscles and tendons that he tears the bones from each other. Heart and lung capacity is so enormous that the body physically struggling to keep up. I have never been involved in".Grown to
Jacob got in 2015 considered an overload. It made his father hesitated, and concerns about the future needed. But since european remained more or less accident-free, and the development of his on the athletics track has been huge.
- He has a special beinstilling that has been a bit challenging through adolescence, but the last year he has mostly be without blemish when it comes to it. So it looks very good. He has grown up and become a solid built tub that can withstand heavy loads, " says Gjert Ingebrigtsen to NTB.
- So the fear is gone?
- No, the fear is there all the time. Most recently in march, he got a fastening in the foot, which we thought was much more serious.Gjert fear for Jacob løpeframtid