Sifan Hassan has raised its European record at 5,000 meters at the Diamond League in London on Sunday. The born Ethiopian finished third. The Dutch sprinters improved the national record on the 4x100 meter.
The 26-year-old Hassan finished third in a time of 14.22.12. Her personal record was at 14.22.34, which she had set in the Moroccan Rabat last year.
Hassan was close to the win in London, but she was passed by Kenyan winner Hellen Obiri (14.20.36) and her compatriot Agnes Jebet Tirop (14.20.68) in the final phase of the race.
Earlier this month in Monaco Hassan ran a world record on the English mile (4.12.33) and at the end of June she set the European record in Eugene at 3.000 meters (8.18.49).
Relay men tighten national record
The Dutch relay men Churandy Martina, Chris Garia, Taymir Burnet and Hensley Paulina clocked a time of 37.99 seconds on the 4x100 meters, good for the bronze. That made them a little faster than last year at the European Championships in Berlin, when the foursome set a time of 38.03.
The victory in London went to Great Britain, which recorded a time of 37.60. Japan came in second in 37.78 and stayed ahead of the Netherlands on the podium.
Martina, Garia, Burnet and Paulina were already sure to participate in the 4x100 meter world championships in the Qatari capital Doha, which will start at the end of September.
The Dutch relay team had a time of 38.67 in May at the World Relays in Yokohama to qualify for the World Cup.
Crazy! In London at the @Diamond_League the NL 4x100m relay men are now running a National Record: 37.99 sec! # Congratulations #TeamNLAvatar