Long-distance Dutch runner Sifan Hassan smashes the world record for women’s 10,000 metres on Sunday, finishing with 29 minutes 6.82 seconds in a Continental Tour meeting on home soil in Hangelo, said World Athletics.
The previous record of 29:17.45 was held by Ethiopia’s runner Almaz Ayana, who set it at the 2016 Rio Olympics, however, Hassan beat her with over 10 seconds off that mark.
The Dutch runner is the reigning global champion having won the gold medal in Doha in 2019, additionally Hassan set down a marker prior to next month’s Tokyo Games. She blew the competition away as she sprinted solo across the line, arms outstretched in celebration.
“Wow, to run this world record here today in Hengelo is something I could only dream of,” said Hassan, the Ethiopian-born champion.
“It’s the perfect confirmation of the hard work we’ve put in getting ready for Tokyo. I am so happy to share this record in front of my Dutch fans.”
Additionally, Hassan is the holder of the record for the mile, one-hour event as well as five-kilometer road race.