Sifan Hassan is potentially about to have a crack at the impossible treble; the 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m at the Tokyo Olympics. There is still a possibility that she will scratch from one event (rumoured to be the 1500m), but for now Hassan’s name is on the start-lists for all three.
Hassan won the 1500m/10,000m at the 2019 world championships, a rare accomplishment, in itself.
It’s a lot, but seems doable for her. Not sure about gold in all 3 though. https://t.co/HScS2kNSrn
— Michael Johnson (@MJGold) July 19, 2021
But however good Hassan is, she will need to produce her best to win multiple golds in Tokyo.
In the 1500m she lines up aganinst Faith Kipyegon, who smashed Hassan at the Monaco Diamond League just over a week ago. Hassan did most of the work, with Kipyegon sitting and kicking, for a decisive victory. Check out the footage below. Laura Muir and a handful of others can potentially challenge, especially if the pace is slow.
The 5000m is probably the event in which Hassan will start as the firm favourite. No Letesenbet Gidey to contend with. However, she will still face three fast Ethiopians (Ejigayehu Taye, Senbere Teferi, Gudaf Tsegay), and three speedy Kenyans (Lilian Kasait, Hellen Obiri, Agnes Jebet Tirop).
And in the 10,000m Hassan will need to overcome Letesenbet Gidey, the world record holder. The two have a great rivalry, and it will be a showdown for the ages.