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Olympics 2020: Holland’s Sifan Hassan wins women’s 5,000 metres gold as she bids for treble

Sifan Hassan of Holland wins women’s 5,000 metres gold as she bids for unprecedented treble with 1,500m and 10,000m races to come back

  • Sifan Hassan of Holland secured victory within the women’s 5,000m gold in Tokyo
  • Hassan has additionally confirmed her participation within the 1,5000m and 10,000m races 
  • Kenya’s Hellen Obiri received silver forward of Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay, who acquired bronze

Holland’s Sifan Hassan unleashed her scorching tempo within the remaining lap to win the women’s 5,000 metres gold medal on Monday and kick off her bid for an unprecedented Olympic treble.

The Ethiopian-born middle-distance runner has confirmed that she will add the 1,500 metres occasion to her 5,000m and 10,000m runs at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium. The 28-year-old Hassan is the reigning world champion within the 1,500 and 10,000.

Her dream seemed underneath risk throughout Monday’s morning session when she fell in her 1,500m warmth at the beginning of the ultimate lap. 

Sian Hassan of Holland celebrates after securing gold within the women’s 5,000 metres

‘I am unable to consider it,’ she advised reporters after finishing her win on a barely moist monitor following heavy rain.

‘I used all my vitality this morning and I used to be form of drained. I could not consider what occurred. It was horrible once I tripped.

‘I felt horrible afterwards and I by no means thought I’m going to be Olympic champion.’

She recovered brilliantly, nonetheless, and nearly sprinted to win her warmth and advance to the semi-finals.

In the night, she bided her time till the ultimate lap after which confirmed the identical tempo to hurry away from the main pack and take victory in 14:36.79.

Hassan, who is competing in the 1,500m and 10,000m races, is aiming for a treble success

Hassan, who’s competing within the 1,500m and 10,000m races, is aiming for a treble success

Hassan stated she owed her first Olympic gold medal to caffeine.

‘It has been a tremendous day. When I fell down and needed to soar up I felt like I used to be utilizing a lot vitality. I could not consider the sentiments in my legs. All the vitality appeared to go away me,’ she stated.

‘Before the race right here I did not even care. I used to be so drained. Without espresso I might by no means be Olympic champion. I wanted all of the caffeine. I used to be so scared I wasn’t going to do it.’

Kenya's Hellen Obiri, a double world champion, took the silver medal ahead of Gudaf Tsegay

Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, a double world champion, took the silver medal forward of Gudaf Tsegay

Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, a double world champion and Olympic silver medallist 5 years in the past in Rio, needed to be happy with one other silver as she completed in 14:38.36.

Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay went into the race as the world chief together with her personal greatest 14:13.32 that she clocked to win the Ethiopian trials in June.

She may solely keep near Obiri as Hassan sped away, nonetheless, and ended with the bronze medal.

Hassan will now flip her focus again on the 1,500m earlier than she traces up for Saturday’s 10,000 remaining.

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