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Sifan Hassan wins 10,000 meter gold, becomes first to medal in 1,500, 5,000, 10,000 at same Olympics

The Dutch athlete won the 10,000 meters and set a record in the process.

Sifan Hassan of Team Netherlands celebrates as she wins the gold medal in the Women’s 10,000m Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Dutch runner Sifan Hassan closed out a dominant Olympics on Saturday when she won the women’s 10,000 meter race. Hassan finished the just over six-mile race in 29:55.32 to claim the gold medal. She edged out Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne, who finished with a time of 29:56.18 to win silver. Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey finished with a time of 30:01.72 to win bronze.

Three Americans took part in the race and all finished in the top 13 out of the 29-racer field. Emily Sisson finished tenth with a time of 31:09.58, Karissa Schweizer finished 12th with a time of 31:19.96, and Alicia Monson finished 13th with a time of 31:21.36

Hassan won three medals in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, winning this gold to go along with gold in 5,000 meter race and bronze in the 1,500 meter race. She displayed incredible versatility as she became the first athlete to ever medal in those three events at a single Olympics.

The kind of work it took to get to this point is rather incredible. As Chris Chavez noted, in nine days, Hassan ran two rounds of the 5,000 meter, three rounds of the 1,500 meter, and one brutal 10,000m. And Saturday’s final race, her longest, was not an easy one as the heat has been considerable in Tokyo. Big kudos to Hassan.