Sifan Hassan has delivered the Netherlands’ fifth gold medal of the Olympics, winning the 5,000 metres in 14.36.47. Silver went to Hellen Obiri of Kenya and bronze to Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay.
Hassan’s gold is the first Dutch athletics Olympic title since Ellen van Langen won the 800 metres in Barcelona in 1992.
Hassan is also taking part in the 1,500 and the 10,000 metres in Tokyo. On Monday morning she overcame a fall to qualify for the 1,500 metres semi-finals.
Earlier in the day, as expected, Femke Bol qualified convincingly for the 400 metres hurdles final. Bol, who set one of the fastest times ever in Stockholm in July, is considered a medal candidate for the event. The final takes place on Wednesday.
And Liemarvin Bonevacia has become the first ever Dutch man to reach an Olympic final in the 400 metres, setting a new Dutch record of 44.62 in the process. Bonevacia qualified as one of the two fastest losers.
The Dutch women’s hockey team has also reached the semi-finals with a simple 3-0 win over New Zealand. They will meet either Spain or Britain, who play their semi-final later on Monday.
There was disappointment, however, for Dafne Schippers who failed to qualify for the final of the 200 metres. ‘I fought so hard to be here, and you hope for a miracle,’ she said after the race. Schippers, who was world champion in 2017, has been dealing with back trouble and has had an unsuccessful season.
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