Sifan Hassan dominated the women’s 5,000m to take the first of what she hopes will be a historic gold medal treble at Tokyo 2020.
The Dutch runner, who recovered from a slip in the women’s 1,500m heats to qualify in the morning session, came home in 14:36.79.
The rain-soaked Olympic Stadium track saw Kenya’s Hellen Obiri (14:38.36) take silver and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay (14:38.87) in bronze.
Hassan executed a clever race strategy to sit back early on and gradually move up as the race developed.
The 28-year-old produced a blistering 57.36 last lap that her rivals failed to find an answer for, passing them on the back stretch and never looking back.
The unprecedented treble will see Hassan eye up gold in the 1,500m and 10,000m next.
Sifan Hassan of Team Netherlands celebrates
The 1,500m semi-finals begin on 4 August, while the 10,000m final will take place on 7 August.
More to follow…
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