Olympic Games: Hassan won the Gold medal in the 10,000 meters and made history


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Olympic Games: Hassan won the Gold medal in the 10,000 meters and made history

Tokyo, Aug 7 (EFE).- The Dutch Sifan hassan culminated the triple challenge that was imposed on Tokyo Games with the gold medal in 10,000 meters after beating the Ethiopian in the last lap, with a time of 29: 55.32 Letesenbet Gidey, who paid his generosity by giving the money to the Bahraini Kalkidan Gezahegne.

Ethiopia, which had won five of the 10,000 titles contested in Olympic history (the women’s event entered Seoul’88), only this time had the consolation of bronze.

Two golds and a bronze. The 10,000 race was the third date in history for Sifan Hassan in Tokyo. The Dutch had won the 5,000 but in 1,500 she had been relegated to third place by the Kenyan Faith Kypiegon and the British Laura Muir. Twenty-four hours later he was back on track for the 10,000 straight final, his sixth and final race in nine days.

The legs of Hassan, double world champion of 10,000, already accumulated a huge load on the penultimate day of the games. The first thousand in 3:03, at the pace set by the Japanese Ririka Hironaka, put the group in line.

On June 8 last, Letesenbet Gidey, world runner-up, snatched by five seconds, with a time of 29: 01.03, the world record that the Dutch had achieved just two days earlier on the same track in Hengelo (Netherlands). The Ethiopian woman, with more freshness in her legs, therefore left as a favorite.

This was also understood by Gidey, who used the intrepid Japanese as a hare until 3,000, but from that point on she was in front, escorted by Kenyan Obiri and Irene Cheptai, with Hassan in the center.

In the middle of the race, the pace imposed by Gidey (15: 08.23) had formed an advance of five, together with Kenyan Helen Obiri and Irene Cheptai, Hassan and Gezahegne, although the first two stayed in the seventh km.

No one gave a relief to the Ethiopian and with seven laps to go, she began to feel Hassan gasping behind her. Gidey, who covered the track in 70 seconds, Hassan and Gezahegne secured the medals with three kilometers to go.

The Dutchwoman squeezed the work of Gidey, endured the change of the Ethiopian to the bell and waited for the last corner to finish it off with ease. She won with a time of 29: 55.32, and behind Gezahegne (29: 56.18) also passed the exhausted Ethiopian, third with 30: 01.72.

The two fastest in history had only met once at this distance. It was in the 2019 Doha World Cups and the Dutch, as now, was the winner, champion with 30: 17.33 compared to Gidey’s 30: 21.23. EFE


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