Sifan Hassan finished second on the 3,000 meters in an indoor competition in Liévin, France on Tuesday.

For the 28-year-old Dutch, it was her first game in four months and her only indoor appearance of the season.

Mike Foppen broke an eighteen-year-old national record in the 3,000 meters in the men in France.

Hassan, the world champion in the 1,500 and 10,000 meters, only had to put up with the Ethiopian Lemlem Hailu (8.32.55) in the World Indoor Tour race.

Hassan ran 8.33.62.

With that she remained almost three seconds above her Dutch record of 8.30.76.

Hassan did run well below the limit for the European Indoor Championships in early March in Torun, Poland.

However, the match in Liévin is her only indoor performance of this winter, so she will miss that tournament.

Maureen Koster finished eighth in 8.49.63 and thus also reached the limit.

She hopes to be broadcast to the European Indoor Championships in Poland next month.

The 28-year-old Hassan has stayed in the Netherlands for the past few weeks, because due to the corona crisis, she is unable to get a visa to return to Beaverton in the United States, where she has an apartment and prefers to train.

At the end of next week, the Ethiopian-born will leave for Tenerife for a training internship and start her preparations for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where she is aiming for medals in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

Mike Foppen ran Gert-Jan Liefers' eighteen-year-old record out of the books.

Mike Foppen ran Gert-Jan Liefers' eighteen-year-old record out of the books.

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Foppen sets national record

In the men, Foppen set a national record in the 3,000 meters.

He recorded a time of 7.42.55, which made him almost two seconds faster than Gert-Jan Liefers from 2003. Foppen also qualified for the European Indoor Championships in Torun with his time.

The 24-year-old athlete from Nijmegen, who won the Dutch titles at 5000 and 10,000 meters last outdoor season, was unable to compete in the race with the African violence at the front.

He was the best European in seventh place.

The Ethiopian Getnet Wale won in 7.24.98 and was only eight hundredths away from the world record, which has been held by Kenyan Daniel Komen since February 1998 with 7.24.90.