JapanOnly in the last 400 meters, Dutch runner Sifan Hassan still won overwhelmingly on the women’s 5000m final run at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on the evening of August 2.

Sifan Hassan extended his arms to celebrate the victory after reaching the women's 5,000m finish.  Photo: Reuters

Sifan Hassan extended his arms to celebrate the victory after reaching the women’s 5,000m finish. Photo: Reuters

Hassan finished first after 14 minutes 36 seconds 79, 1 second 57, and 2 seconds 08, respectively, faster than the next two competitors, Kenyan runners-up Hellen Oribi and Ethiopian athlete Gudaf Tsegay in three. In particular, Oribi is currently the number one athlete in the world in this content, according to the ranking of the World Athletics Federation World Athletics.

Hassan’s victory came from a reasonable strategy that she pursued and performed best on the Olympic field, Sapporo – keeping strength in the early stages, slowly rising in the middle, hiding from the wind and only releasing strength in the last 400 meters. .

The Dutchman started slowly, taking the last three place in the first 900 metres. From the 1000 meter mark, Hassan has just joined the top 10 of the 15 finalists. Persevering in running at 10th and 9th place to the 3,700 meter mark, she started to accelerate gradually, joining the top 7, top 6 and then top 5 when entering the last 500 meters.

In the final 400 metres, Hassan pushed past Tsegay, Oribi and another Kenyan runner Agnes Jebet Tirop to take the lead from the 4,800-meter mark. She held this position until she reached the finish line, creating a distance of tens of meters compared to Oribi who finished second.

Hassan (No. 10) started to accelerate to join the leading group when he passed the 3,700 meter mark.  Photo: Reuters

Hassan (No. 10) started to accelerate to join the leading group when he passed the 3,700 meter mark. Photo: Reuters

The achievement of 14 minutes 36 seconds 79 that Hassan just achieved is still far behind both the world record – 14 minutes 6 seconds 62 set by Ethiopian athlete Letesenbet Gidey last year, and Olympic record – 14 minutes 26 seconds 17 set by Kenyan Vivian runner Cheruiyot founded in Rio 2016.

The parameters achieved at the Olympic Stadium, Sapporo today are also far below Hassan’s own best form. The individual best (PB) of this Ethiopian Dutch athlete is 14 minutes 22 seconds 12. This 14 minutes 36 seconds 79 is also 1 second 35 behind Hassan’s best in 2021 ( SB) was 14 minutes 35 seconds 34 in California in May.

However, the gold medal won is still a worthy reward for Hassan’s extraordinary will and energy. She entered the women’s 5,000m final tonight with a clear wound on her forehead after falling on the women’s 1,500m qualifying track in the morning.

After this content, Hassan still has the opportunity to conquer another distance, thanks to qualifying to enter the semifinals of the women’s 1,500m run, competing on August 4.

Hassan was born in Adama, Ethiopia and fled to the Netherlands with her family in 2008, at the age of 15. She started running while studying as a nurse in her second hometown. Hassan has progressed steadily since joining Eindhoven Athletics Club, starting with the 2011 Eindhoven Semi-marathon with a time of 77 minutes and 10 seconds.

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