Sifan Hassan takes second gold, men’s 4×400 relay take silver

Sifan Hassan after her second gold of the games. Photo: Olaf Kraak ANP
Sifan Hassan after her second gold of the games. Photo: Olaf Kraak ANP

Distance runner Sifan Hassan has completed her Olympic mission with winning gold in the 10,000 metres on Saturday.

With four laps to go, Hassan, 28, was in breakaway group of three along with world record holder Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia and Kalkidan Gezahegne from Bahrein. She took the gold after what commentators described as an ‘extraordinary’ end sprint in the final 200 metres.

Hassan, who will carry the Dutch flag in the closing ceremony, had already won gold in the 5,000 metres and picked up bronze in the 1,500 metres on Friday.

Later on the track, the Dutch men’s 4×400 relay team clinched the silver medal behind the US. Liemarvin Bonevacia, Terrence Agard, Tony van Diepen and Ramsey Angela were taking part in the first ever Olympic final in this event by Dutch athletes.

The Dutch men, who made it to the final as the fastest losers, set a new Dutch record of 2.57.18, knocking almost two seconds off the previous best.

The two wins are the sixth and seventh Dutch athletics medal of the games, following Femke Bol’s bronze in the 400 metres hurdles and Anouk Vetter and Emma Oosterwegel’s silver and bronze in the heptathlon.

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