Sifan Hassan smashes world record at 10 thousand meters in Hengelo

Hassan after the race in which she smashed the world record on Sunday.Image EPA

Hassan, the current world champion, took the lead after six laps and remained in the lead for the rest of the nineteen laps, without slacking off.

The previous record was set in 2016, and was set at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro by Ethiopian Almaz Ayana. She ran the 25 laps in 29.17.45.

“I think my form is better than ever. That certainly applies to endurance. The speed can go up a bit, we haven’t been able to pay much attention to it because of the cold. But we still have plenty of time for that,” Hassan said in the run-up to the FBK Games de Volkskrant. Then she already indicated that she was cautiously thinking of a world record.

In October last year, 28-year-old Hassan already ran a European record in the 10 thousand meters in Enschede: 29.36.67, half a minute slower than her time on Sunday. She did this in wet and cold conditions.

She also holds the world record in the 5 thousand meters and the mile. She holds the European record in the 1,500 meters, the 3 thousand meters, the 5 thousand meters and the half marathon.

The Ethiopian-born wants to win two gold medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer: at 5 thousand and 10 thousand meters. She has not yet won any Olympic medals.

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