Sifan Hassan recovers from fall in 1,500m heats, competes in 5,000m later

Sifan Hassan recovers from her fall. Photo: Robin Utrecht ANP
Sifan Hassan recovers from her fall. Photo: Robin Utrecht ANP

There were no overnight medals for the Netherlands at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, but distance runner Sifan Hassan provided the thrills, after falling in the final lap of her 1,500 metre heat.

Hassan recovered and went on to win the race with a sprint finish, qualifying for the semi-finals. ‘I was shocked but I immediately decided that I could not stop,’ Hassan said after the race.

She will be in action again in the finals of the 5,000 later on Monday.

Elsewhere, Nadine Visser finished fifth in the 100 metres hurdles and Dafne Schippers qualified for the final of the 200 metres. Medal hope Femke Bol is in action later in the day in the final of the 400 metres hurdles.

The Dutch women take on New Zeeland in the quarter finals of the hockey competition at 11.30 and the Dutch handball and cycling teams are also in action.

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