Sifan Hassan has won her second gold medal at the World Championships in Doha on Saturday. The Dutchman won the impressive 1,500 meters from the top.
The 26-year-old Hassan took the first place in the final after only 300 meters, while normally she is always far behind. She accelerated with another round to go and put the competition at a great disadvantage.
With 3.51.96 Hassan recorded a championship record and a big Dutch record. Her old top time was 3.55.30, walked in July in Monaco.
Olympic champion and title defender Faith Kipyegon from Kenya walked from the winner to silver in no less than 2.27 seconds. The Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay (3.54.28) took bronze.
Hassan already won gold last Saturday at the 10,000 meters in Doha. She is the first athlete ever to win the title at the 1,500 and 10,000 meter World Cup.
Hassan could also have opted for 5,000 meters
Hassan is also the first athlete in this World Championship with two titles and the first Dutch to win two gold medals in one athletics World Championship. The other Dutch world champions are pole vaulter Rens Blom (2005) and Dafne Schippers in the 200 meters (2015 and 2017).
Hassan could also have started at 5,000 meters in Qatar, but that final will also be played on Saturday evening and could therefore not be combined with the 1,500 meters. She decided on Wednesday to give preference to the 1,500 meters, the distance on which she mainly focused in recent years.
The born Ethiopian won World Cup bronze at the 1,500 meters four years ago. She also won gold at the distance at the World Indoor Championships (2016), European Outdoor Championships (2014) and European Indoor Championships (2015).
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