Sifan Hassan convincingly won the 5,000 meters at the Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday. Dafne Schippers had to be content with the fourth fastest time in the 100 meters.
The 26-year-old Hassan was in the back of the field for 5 kilometers, and set up three laps before the end. In the final round she accelerated again and left the competition well behind with 14.26.26.
That left Hassan the Ethiopian Letesenbet Giday (14.29.54) and the German Konstanze Klosterhalfen (14.29.89) more than three seconds behind. The born Ethiopian recorded her first victory of the season over the 5,000 meters.
With her time, Hassan remained more than four seconds above her best time of the season, which she achieved two months ago with 14.22.12 in London. Last week she was also the strongest at the 1,500 meters in Zurich.
At the World Cup, which takes place in Doha from 28 September to 6 October, Hassan runs the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.
Dafne Schippers finishes fourth in her last match for the World Cup. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Skippers by moderate start fourth at 100 meters
Schippers had a moderate start in the 100 meters and gave in 11.22 seconds more than three tenths of a second on Dina Asher-Smith, who was the strongest with 10.88. The British also ran her best time of the season.
Asher-Smith left Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica seven hundredths. The Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou finished third in 11.09.
With her time, the 27-year-old Schippers remained well above her best time of the season. He ran the double world champion in the 200 meters with 11.04 two months ago in Lausanne.
For Schippers it was her last game before the World Cup. In Doha she comes into action at the 100, 200 and 4x100 meters.