Sifan Hassan added another landmark moment to her already glittering career by lowering the 5-year-old world 10,000m record at the FBK Games in Hengelo today.

The Dutch athlete clocked 29:06.82 and shaved almost nine seconds from Almaz Ayana’s old record – regarded as one of toughest in the record books – with a quite brilliant demonstration of distance running.

Sifan Hassan breaks the world 10,000m record. Photo FBK Games.

Making use of Wavelight technology the crowd at the stadium could perfectly follow Sifan on world record pace. Hassan, said: “Wow to run this world record here today in Hengelo is something I could only dream of. It’s the perfect confirmation of the hard work we’ve put in getting ready for Tokyo. I am so happy to share this record in front of my Dutch fans. I am so happy!”

This was the fourth world record in total of Hassan’s career. The reigning World Champion over 1500m and 10,000m has also posted world records over one mile, one-hour and 5km on the road.

In the men’s 1500m, Scottish runner Jake Whiteman took the win, and declared it was worth a battered schnoz from multiple Covid tests.


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