After Sifan Hassan set a new women’s 10,000m world record.© AFP
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands issued a warning ahead of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday to set a new women’s 10,000m world record. Hassan, 28, clocked a time of 29.86 seconds in the Hengelo meet, beating Ethiopian Almaz Ayana (29: 17.45) by breaking the previous best mark in winning gold at the 2016 Rio Games. Hassani was helped by the technology that set the pace for the world record when he was racing. “Wow! This world record is something I only dreamed of achieving here in Hengelon today,” said Hassan, who was born in Ethiopia and arrived in the Netherlands in 2008 at the age of 15 and received Dutch citizenship in 2013.
“It’s a perfect confirmation of the work done in preparation for Tokyo. I’m very happy to share this record in front of my Dutch fans. I’m very happy!”
For Hassan, this was the fourth world record, coached by the now-banned Alberto Salazar.
The royal world champion also set world records in the 1500m and 10,000m on the one-kilometer, one-hour and 5km road.
Last October she broke Paula Radcliffe’s European women’s 10,000-meter record.
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