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Sifan Hassan smashes 10,000m world record

Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan broke a five-year-old world record in the 10,000m, clocking an unofficial 29:06.84 in Hengelo, Netherlands, on Sunday.

Hassan, the world champion in the 1500m and the 10,000m, took down Ethiopian Almaz Ayana‘s record of 29:17.45 from the 2016 Rio Olympics. Ayana chopped 14.33 seconds off a dubious world record from a Chinese runner in 1993.

Hassan, who fled from Ethiopia for the Netherlands at age 16 as a refugee, now owns world records for the mile, 5km (women’s only), one hour run and the 10,000m.

In 2019 in Doha, Hassan became the first runner to sweep the 1500m and 10,000m at a world championships.