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Sifan Hassan decides event schedule for world championships

Sifan Hassan

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 07: 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 Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will contest the 5000m and 10,000m at the world track and field championships that start Friday, her representative said Thursday.

Hassan, 29, dropped the 1500m, which at worlds overlaps with the 10,000m. The 10,000m final is 18 hours after the 1500m heats and six hours before the 1500m semifinals. The 5000m heats are two days after the 1500m final.

Hassan’s first race is the 10,000m final on Saturday at 3:20 p.m. ET.

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Her top challenger is Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, the world record holder at 5000m and 10,000m, who is entered in both races at worlds.

At the last worlds in 2019, Hassan won the 1500m and 10,000m and passed on the 5000m, which overlapped with the 1500m.

Last Friday, she raced for the first time since September, a rust-busting 5000m in Portland. She went at least seven months between training in track spikes after the Olympics, according to NOS.

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