Running in only her second 10,000m race, Sifan Hassan repelled all the opposition could throw at her to land her maiden world outdoor title in a barnstorming final.
The Dutch distance queen, who earlier this year set a world mile record, gave another demonstration of her astonishing versatility to destroy the brave Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey with a 61-second final lap to strike gold in a Dutch record 30:17.33.
Behind, Gidey delighted the vibrant and vociferous Ethiopian fans inside the Khalifa International Stadium to take a richly deserved silver having launched a brave winning bid for gold with four laps to go.
Agnes Tirop claimed a second successive world bronze as the podium dwellers all claimed personal best performances.
Yet this was Hassan’s night as the 26-year-old added 10,000m gold to her Wolrd Championship 1500m and 5000m bronze medals snared at the 2015 and 2017 editions, respectively.
The US-based Hassan, who made her 10,000m debut in Stanford in May recording 31:18.12, said: “I am very happy because I have been a middle distance runner and this was a test for me. It was okay at the beginning but then when they were kicking at the front I had to try hard to keep in touch. I know I am more of a 1500m and 5km runner, so if I could get close I would have enough to win. She (Gidey) kept trying to kick but in the last 800m I knew I had it.”
Hassan will decide with her coach whether to opt for the 1500m or the 5000m. Whichever event she enters she will be on odds on favourite for gold.
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