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Sifan Hassan breaks women’s mile world record in 4:12.33

In the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, Sifan Hassan made history by breaking the women's mile World Record in 4:12.33.

In 4:12.33, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands made history on Friday, breaking the women’s mile world record at Monaco’s Diamond League meet.

The previous record of 4:12.56 had been held by Russia’s Svetlana Masterkova since 1996.

Halfway through the race, Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay trailed Hassan closely. However, during the last half-lap Hassan was all by herself, competing against the clock.

The 26-year-old finished five seconds faster than Britain’s Laura Weightman, who took second place.

Hassan ultimately shaved two seconds off of her national record of 4:14.71.