Sifan Hassan comes into action on Sunday 6 June at the FBK Games in Hengelo.

The reigning world champion runs the 10,000 meters in Hengelo and sees that as the ideal preparation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

"I want to run a fast 10,000 meters at the FBK Games," Hassan said on Thursday at the announcement of her participation.

"Hengelo has a tradition of fast long distances and that fits perfectly with my schedule to Tokyo."

28-year-old Hassan is going in Tokyo for the first Dutch Olympic athletics gold since that of Ellen van Langen in 1992. She is one of the top favorites in the 10,000 meters and also goes for Olympic gold in the 5,000 meters.

At the 2019 World Cup in Doha, she still combined the 10,000 meters with the 1,500 meters and became world champion in both distances.

A fast time is certainly possible at the FBK Games, the only international top athletics competition in the Netherlands.

Five world records have already been broken in Hengelo, at 5,000, 10,000 meters and 2 miles.

Armand Duplantis.

Armand Duplantis.

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World record holder Duplantis is also participating

Hassan has been at the top of the world rankings of the international athletics federation World Athletics for over a year.

Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis is number one among men.

He was already roped in by the organization of the FBK Games last month.

The 21-year-old Duplantis holds both world records with 6.15 meters outdoors and 6.18 meters indoors.

Last year, the FBK Games were canceled in June due to the corona pandemic.

An FBK late summer match was organized in October.

Hassan broke the eighteen-year-old European record in the 10 kilometers.

She set a time of 29.36.67 in the rain in Hengelo, which she was almost half a minute faster than record holder Paula Radcliffe.

Sifan Hassan during her European record race in Hengelo last year.

Sifan Hassan during her European record race in Hengelo last year.

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