The dream has evaporated in a breath and Jakob and Filip Ingebrigtsen, two of the three magnificent Norwegian brothers, have stayed at the starting line of the Cursa dels Nassos, before heading back to their room at the Hesperia hotel in the Mar, to seek the shelter of their blankets: they felt unwell, initially flu.
With the two talents absent, it was the Ethiopian Ejegayehu Taye who shone in the Barcelona night.
World record holder since last year, when he had clocked 14m19s in the 5K on this same circuit, Taye followed his hares, who clocked 2m53s, to leave behind his main adversary, the sharp German Konstanze Klosterhalfen, and accelerate in search of his record: he has fallen one step away, barely two seconds, by accrediting 14m21s.
Without the slipstream of his two little brothers, Henrik, the third of the Ingebrigtsen (European champion of 1,500 m in 2012) has avoided the demanding pace of the hares (5m22s in the second kilometer) and has sought refuge in the second group , to finish eighth, in 13m58s.
On a mild afternoon, with short sleeves and no wind or obstacles, Ilias Fifa has sought redemption before the Vila Olímpica public.
His story deserves a point and aside, since Fifa, a resident of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, European champion of the 5,000m in 2016, has spent four years suspended, punished for trafficking doping substances, and his return had occurred in May.
In a flash, between November and this race, Fifa (33) has won the Jean Bouin and has now been second in the Cursa dels Nassos (in 13m30s), after delivering victory to the Ethiopian Adisu Girma in the last 200 meters (13m25s ).
An hour and a quarter earlier, in the 10K, Mohamed El Ghazouany (28m46s) had won the men's event, while Margaux Sieracki (32m18s) surprised Meritxell Soler (32m31s) and Marta Galimany (32m36s), the five-time winner of the event, Spanish marathon record holder for just a month.