Hassan wins gold in 10,000, 4 months after debut
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands comes from behind to win the 10,000 metres world title for her biggest career success.
Less than five months after making her debut in the 10,000 meters, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands is the world champion.
The Ethiopia-born runner had won a slew of medals at shorter distances __ she also holds the world record in the mile — before moving up to the 10,000 in early May. Hassan took gold in 30 minutes 17.62 seconds, ahead of Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey. The bronze went to Agnes Jebet Tirop of Kenya.
Hassan has raced at international standard in distances ranging from the 800 to half marathon and has previous world bronze medals in the 1,500 and 5,000.
The Olympic champion and world record holder, Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, didn't race at worlds because of persistent injuries.