Jakob Ingebrigtsen lowered the world indoor 1500m record to 3min 30.60sec in Liévin ©Twitter/World Athletics

Olympic 1500 metres champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen earned his first senior world record in Liévin tonight as he clocked 3min 30.60sec at the fourth of this season's World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meetings.

The 21-year-old Norwegian, who set a European indoor 1500m record of 3:31.80 in winning at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais last year, became the first man to better 3:31 indoors with a performance of poise and confidence.

Any doubt over the impact of the recent announcement that his father, Gjert, was stepping down from coaching duties and being replaced by elder brother Henrik was swiftly quelled.

Ingebrigtsen pulled steadily clear over the two final laps from Samuel Tefera, the 22-year-old Ethiopian who had begun the race as world indoor record-holder with 3:31.04 and clocked 3:33.70 on this occasion.

"I like to finish strong," said Ingebrigtsen, who will seek another first in the form of a world indoor title in Belgrade next month to add to the three golds he has already earned in the European Athletics Indoor Championships.             

On a night featuring wavelight pacing technology around the track for the first time in an indoor meeting, the men’s 3,000m was billed as a potential world-record attempt.

It turned instead into a fascinating tactical battle as the three pre-eminent Ethiopians battled it out over the final 200m, with victory going to the 21-year-old Olympic and world 3,000m steeplechase silver medallist Lamecha Girma.

He nipped ahead of his contemporary Selemon Barega, the Olympic 10,000m champion, to win in 7:30.54, with the latter clocking 7:30.66 and last year’s winner Getnet Wale third in 7:30.88 in a race where prospective target of Daniel Komen's 1998 world record of 7:24.90 soon went by the boards.

Komen is from Kenya.

Also remaining safe was the women's world indoor mile record of 4:13.31 set by Genzebe Dibaba in 2016 as her compatriot Gudaf Tsegay, who lowered her world indoor 1500m record to 3:53.09 at this meeting last year, saw her hopes of another global mark disappear early in the race as she was spiked and hit the deck.

Ethiopia's Tsegay picked herself up to earn a creditable win in a meeting record of 4:21.72, but her face showed understandable frustration.

Olympic pole vault silver medallist Chris Nilsen of the United States was flying high throughout the competition, winning with a sequence of first-time clearances all the way up to 5.91 metres before having three decent but unsuccessful attempts to add a centimetre to the personal best of 6.02m he jumped earlier this month.

Italy’s Olympic 100 metres champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs maintained winning momentum in his third indoor race of the year as he won the men's 60m in 6.50sec, just 0.01 slower than his season's best.

Asked on the infield what winning an Olympic title had done in terms of changing his life, the 27-year-old former long jumper replied: "Nothing - I worked hard every day all day and I hope to this year to win the world title."

World champion and Olympic silver medallist Grant Holloway reduced his 2022 60m hurdles world lead of 7.37 to 7.35 with a fluent performance over the barriers in his second race of the year.

He was chased by home athlete Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, the European champion and world bronze medallist, in 7.46.

Olympic and world triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela, taking a shot at her second event of the long jump, earned victory thanks to successive personal bests of 6.77 metres and 6.81m, with Spain’s Fátima Diame second with a personal best of 6.64m.

Spain’s Mariano Garcia earned his second Gold meeting victory this season as he held off Elliot Giles over 800 metres to clock 1.46.29, with the Briton recording 1:46.50.

Poland’s 32-year-old Adam Kszczot, running in one of his final races before he retires after a career that has brought him two world silvers and world indoor gold, silver and bronze, finished sixth in 1:48.06.

The women’s 3,000m also saw world-class running as Ethiopia’s 2016 world indoor 1500m silver medallist Dawit Seyaum won in 8:23.24, the fourth-fastest indoor time in history.

Cuba’s Lázaro Martínez won the men’s triple jump in 17.21 metres, a 2022 world-leading mark.

Natoya Goule of Jamaica returned to the top of the 2022 world indoor 800 metres rankings as she clocked 1:58.46 to hold off world champion Halimah Nakaayi, who set a Ugandan record of 1:58.58.

The World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meetings continue at Birmingham on Saturday (February 19) and Torun on Tuesday (February 21).