Ethiopian-born and Dutch 2019 1,500m and 10,000m World champion Sifan Hassan continued to make history by smashing the world record with a time of 29:06.82* in Hengelo on Sunday, June 6 a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.
Back in the stadium where Hassan set her European 10,000m record of 29:36.67 last October, and with the world record always in her sights, the double world champion took more than 10 seconds off the 29:17.45 global mark for the 25-lap event which had been set by Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Incredibly Hassan, who fled from Ethiopia for the Netherlands at age 16 as a refugee, ran the final kilometre in 2:45.77 as she powered into history. She now owns world records for the mile, road 5km, one hour run, and the 10,000m – as well as 1500m and 10,000m world titles.
The 28-year-old, Hassan adds this latest mark to her world records in the mile, one-hour event, and road 5km.
In addition, she also holds European records in the 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, and half-marathon.
More than a minute and a half behind her were Kenya’s Irine Jepchumba Kimais and Daisy Cherotich, with Kimais narrowly claiming the runner-up spot – 30:37.24 to 30:37.31. Their compatriot Joyce Chepkemoi Tele was fourth in 30:59.01.