|Born||1 January 1993|
Adama, Oromia, Ethiopia
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||49 kg (108 lb)|
|Event(s)||Middle-, long-distance running|
|Coached by||Tim Rowberry|
|Achievements and titles|
Sifan Hassan (Oromo: Siifan Hassan; born 1 January 1993) is an Ethiopian-born Dutch middle- and long-distance runner. She is most recognized for her versatility in running championship and world leading performances in widely disparate distances. She completed an unprecedented triple at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, winning gold medals in both the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres and a bronze medal for the 1500 metres. Hassan is the only athlete in Olympic history to win medals across a middle-distance event and both long-distance races in a single Games. She is only the second woman to complete an Olympic distance double.
At the World Athletics Championships, Hassan took 1500 m and 10,000 m titles in 2019, becoming the only athlete (male or female) in history to win both these events at a single World Championships or Olympic Games. She won a bronze at the 1500 m in 2015, and at the 5000 m in 2017 when she also finished fifth in the 1500 m. Hassan is a three-time World Indoor Championships medallist, winning gold at 1500 m in 2016 as well as silver at 3000 m and bronze for 1500 m in 2018. She earned six European medals (including two cross country titles), and one European indoor medal. She is also a three-time Diamond League winner, having secured the 1500 m/5000 m double in 2019. In her debut over the classic 26.2-mile distance, she won the 2023 London Marathon.
Hassan has been the world record holder for the one hour run since 2020. She held the world record for the one mile on the track from July 2019 to July 2023, when Faith Kipyegon overtook it. She held a world record at 10,000 m for two days in June 2021. She holds six European records (1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m, 10,000 m, half marathon, marathon) and three other Dutch records.
Sifan Hassan was born in Adama, Oromia, Ethiopia and raised in the countryside of Kersa in the Munesa district of the Arsi Zone of Oromia. She was a recreational runner there. She left Ethiopia as a refugee and arrived in the Netherlands in 2008 at age fifteen. She began running while undertaking studies to become a nurse.
Hassan became a Dutch citizen in 2013.
Affiliated with Eindhoven Atletiek, Hassan entered the Eindhoven half marathon in 2011 and won the race with a time of 77:10 minutes. She was also runner-up at two cross country races (Sylvestercross and Mol Lotto Cross Cup). She won those races in 2012, as well as the 3000 m at the Leiden Gouden Spike meet.
Hassan made her breakthrough in the 2013 season. She ran an 800 metres best of 2:00.86 minutes to win at the KBC Night of Athletics and took wins in the 1500 m at the Nijmegen Global Athletics and Golden Spike Ostrava meets. On the 2013 IAAF Diamond League circuit she was runner-up in the 1500 m at Athletissima with a personal best of 4:03.73 minutes and was third at the DN Galan 3000 m with a best of 8:32.53 minutes—this time ranked her the fourth-fastest runner in the world that year.
Hassan became a Dutch citizen in November 2013, too late for competing at the 2013 World Championships, and the following month she made her first appearance for the Netherlands. At the 2013 European Cross Country Championships she won the gold medal in the under-23 category and helped the Dutch team to third in the rankings. She also won the Warandeloop and Lotto Cross Cup Brussels races that winter.
At the beginning of 2014 she ran a world leading time of 8:45.32 minutes for the 3000 m at the Weltklasse in Karlsruhe, then broke the Dutch indoor record in the 1500 m with a time of 4:05.34 minutes at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.
At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, Hassan won the bronze medal in the 1500 metres. She became the second female Dutch athlete ever to win a medal at the World Championships, after Dafne Schippers. She was the third female Dutch winner at the 2015 European Cross Country Championships, following in the footsteps of fellow African migrants Hilda Kibet and Lornah Kiplagat.
Hassan won her heat in the 1500 m in the 2016 Rio Olympics in 4:06.64 before Faith Kipyegon. In the semifinals she placed second in 4:03.62 after Genzebe Dibaba who won in 4:03.06. In the final Kipyegon took the Olympic gold medal with 4:08.92, Dibaba was the runner up with 4:10.27 and Jennifer Simpson took the bronze medal in 4:10.53. Hassan placed fifth in a time of 4:11.23.
On 13 July, she broke the European record for 5000 metres by finishing second at the Rabat Diamond League in 14:22.34. A few days later, Hassan won the first Millicent Fawcett Mile at the 2018 London Anniversary Games in a time of 4:14.71, the fourth-fastest result at the time.
On 16 September, she broke the European record for the half marathon with a time of 65:15, winning the Copenhagen Half Marathon.
On 17 February, Hassan set the world record for a 5 km road race stopping the clock at 14:44 in Monaco. It has since been broken, first by Beatrice Chepkoech, then by Ejgayehu Taye. The 5 km road race has been a world record event since 1 November 2017. At the Prefontaine Classic in June, she broke the European 3000 m record with a time of 8:18.49.
Mile world record
On 12 July, Hassan entered the mile run at the Herculis meet in Fontvieille, Monaco. Olha Lyakhova was the pace setter, taking the field through the first two laps (measured at the start line, not the quarter-mile splits) in 64.26 and 63.94 (2:08.20). As is typical for Hassan, she was last off the start line, but over the next 150 metres, slowly eased herself around the field on the outside into the marking position behind Lyakhova. Gabriela DeBues-Stafford soon moved through the field in between Hassan and Lyakhova for the next lap before Hassan and Gudaf Tsegay separated from the field as the only chasers. Between 800 and 1000 metres, Lyakhova strained to keep on pace, but Hassan and Tsegay were moving forward. After Lyakhova stepped out, the two found themselves 15 metres ahead of the pack. At 1200 metres, Hassan was looking back at her close chaser Tsegay in 3:10.13 (a 61.93 lap). Hassan accelerated, opening a 5-metre gap over the next 100 metres. Continuing at this pace, she passed 1500 metres in about 3:55. Hassan covered the last 409.344 metres in 62.20, her final time of 4:12:33 breaking Svetlana Masterkova's almost 23-year-old world record. The athletes trailing Hassan rewrote the all-time top 25 list, with Laura Weightman moving into position #15, DeBues-Stafford into #17, and after #5 all-time Tsegay faded into the pack she was followed by Rababe Arafi, Axumawit Embaye, Winnie Nanyondo and Ciara Mageean moving into positions #20–23.
She was the double 2019 Diamond League champion, winning both the 1500 and 5000 metres Trophies.
On 28 September, she became the 2019 World Champion in the 10,000 metres in her second race for that distance. Her first race at the event was in Stanford in a time of 31:18.12, just fast enough to achieve the qualifying standard for the World Championships. The winning time of 30:17.62 was the best time of the year on the track. Alina Reh (Germany) led the field after 3000 m in 9:29.69. The front runner reached the halfway point in 15:32.70. Letesenbet Gidey finished in 30:21.23, with Agnes Tirop (Kenya) coming in third place in 30:25.50. The second half of the run was covered in 14:45. Hassan also won the 1500 metres race with a time of 3:51.95 (sixth place on the 1500 m all-time list), setting a new championships and European records. The second-placed finisher was Faith Kipyegon in 3:54.22, a new Kenyan national record, and the third place went to Gudaf Tsegay with 3:54.38.
On 6 June 2021, she bettered her performance at the event to set a world record of 29:06.82 in Hengelo, beating 2016 record of Ethiopian Almaz Ayana by more than 10 seconds. Hassan lost the record two days later, however, when Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey achieved a time of 29:01.03 at the same stadium.
Hassan won gold in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. She also won bronze in the 1500 metres. She became the only athlete ever to medal in the 1500, 5000, and 10,000 metres events at the same Olympics. Her 5000 m winning time was 14:36.79 ahead of Hellen Obiri from Kenya with 14:38.36, while Gudaf Tsegay won a bronze medal in a time of 14:38.87. Her gold medal win made her the first Dutch woman with an Olympic athletics medal in a long-distance event. She was the first non-Kenyan or Ethiopian athlete to win the event since Gabriela Szabo won in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
This season was considered a resting year for Hassan as she ended a break from training 5 weeks before competing at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon where she finished sixth in the 5000 metres and fourth in the 10,000 metres.
On 23 April, on her debut over the classic marathon distance, the 30-year-old won the London Marathon with a time of 2:18:33. She lost contact with the leaders after stopping to stretch her leg twice about 19 km into the race, and was 28 seconds behind at the 25 km mark. Despite this, Hassan caught up with the slowing lead quartet with four kilometres to go and prevailed in a sprint finish on the final straight, four seconds ahead of Alemu Megertu. "It was really amazing. I never thought I would finish a marathon", said Hassan.
On 3 June, just 41 days after her marathon debut, Hassan made her return to outdoor track in Hengelo, Netherlands. She competed in the 10,000 metres and the 1500 metres, winning both events; the 10,000 metres with a time of 29:37.80, and the 1500 metres in 3:58.12.
Sifan Hassan achieved her first career breakthroughs while under the direction of Dutch national coach Honore Hoedt. Hassan decided to search for other coaching options at the end of 2016 after injuries hampered her buildup to the Rio Olympics.
In July 2018, the Nike Oregon project hired Tim Rowberry as a coach—primarily to oversee the training of Sifan Hassan and her fellow team member Yomif Kejelcha—while Salazar remained the head coach over all athletes in the Nike Oregon Project.
In October 2019 Salazar began serving a four-year ban from athletics for doping violations dating from before he started coaching Hassan. According to court rulings which upheld Salazar’s ban, there was “no evidence put before the CAS as to any effect on athletes competing at the elite level within the Nike Oregon Project.” 
The aftermath of Salazar’s ban caused the Nike Oregon Project to dissolve leading Hassan and Kejelcha to form a new training group under coach Tim Rowberry.
Hassan's current coach is Tim Rowberry. After her partnership with Rowberry began in 2018, she has set new personal best times in the 1500m, 3k, 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon. Hassan's training partner Yomif Kejelcha remained in the group until his departure to Adidas in 2021.
|Outdoor||800 metres||1:56.81||Monaco, Monaco||21 July 2017|
|1000 metres||2:34.68||Hengelo, Netherlands||24 May 2015||NR|
|1500 metres||3:51.95||Doha, Qatar||5 October 2019||AR|
|One mile||4:12.33||Monaco, Monaco||12 July 2019||AR||Also a world record until that was broken by Faith Kipyegon on 21 July 2023. Second-fastest woman of all time.|
|3000 metres||8:18.49||Stanford, CA, United States||30 June 2019||AR|
|5000 metres||14:22.12||London, United Kingdom||21 July 2019||AR|
|10,000 metres||29:06.82||Hengelo, Netherlands||6 June 2021||AR||Also a world record until that was broken by Letesenbet Gidey on 8 June 2021. Second-fastest woman of all time.|
|One hour||18,930 m||Brussels, Belgium||4 September 2020||WR|
|Indoor||800 metres||2:02.62 i||Apeldoorn, Netherlands||28 February 2016|
|1500 metres||4:00.46 i||Stockholm, Sweden||19 February 2015||NR|
|One mile||4:19.89 i||New York, NY, United States||11 February 2017||NR|
|3000 metres||8:30.76 i||Birmingham, United Kingdom||18 February 2017||NR|
|Road||5 km||14:44 Wo||Monaco, Monaco||17 February 2019||AR||Also a world record until Beatrice Chepkoech broke the overall record on 14 February 2021 and Senbere Teferi broke the women's-only-race record on 12 September 2021.|
|10 km||34:28||Brunssum, Netherlands||1 April 2012|
|15 km||53:57||'s-Heerenberg, Netherlands||4 December 2011|
|Half marathon||65:15||Copenhagen, Denmark||16 September 2018||AR|
|Marathon||2:13:44||Chicago, United States||8 October 2023||AR||Second-fastest woman of all time|
Circuit wins and titles
- Diamond League Overall 1500 m winner: 2015
- Diamond League 1500 m champion: 2019
- Diamond League 5000 m champion: 2019
- 2014 (2): Paris Meeting Areva (1500 m), Glasgow Grand Prix (1500 m)
- 2015 (2): Birmingham British Grand Prix (1500 m), Lausanne Athletissima (1500 m)
- 2017 (3): Rome Golden Gala (1500 m), Paris (1500 m), Birmingham (3000 m)
- 2018 (2): London Anniversary Games (One mile), Birmingham (1500 m)
- 2019 (4): Palo Alto Prefontaine Classic (3000 m), Monaco Herculis (One mile, MR DLR WR), Zürich Weltklasse (1500 m), Brussels Memorial Van Damme (5000 m)
- 2020 (1): Brussels (One hour)
- 2021 (3): Rome Golden Gala in Florence (1500 m), Eugene Prefontaine Classic (5000 m), Brussels (One mile)
- 2022 (1): Chorzów Kamila Skolimowska Memorial (3000 m)
Awards and honours
- Dutch Athlete of the Year: 2018, 2019, 2021
- Dutch Sportswoman of the Year: 2019, 2021
- Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau: 2021
- European Athlete of the Year: 2021
- "Sifan HASSAN – Athlete Profile". World Athletics. Archived from the original on 28 January 2022. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
- Whittington, Jess (7 August 2021). "History-maker Hassan completes medal treble in Tokyo". World Athletics. Archived from the original on 28 January 2022. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
- Henson, Mike (4 January 2022). "'I was just so happy to survive' – Hassan reflects on epic Olympic treble bid". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 28 January 2022. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
- Dutch, Taylor (5 October 2019). "Sifan Hassan Wins Unprecedented World Championship Double; Houlihan Sets American Record". Runner's World. Archived from the original on 7 October 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
- "Program 2019 – Diamond League – Monaco". monaco.diamondleague.com. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
- "Hassan breaks world mile record in Monaco with 4:12.33 - IAAF Diamond League". World Athletics. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
- "FLASH: Kipyegon obliterates world mile record with 4:07.64 in Monaco | REPORT | World Athletics". worldathletics.org. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
- "Sifan Hassan: Dutch athlete breaks 10,000m world record by more than 10 seconds". BBC Sport. 6 June 2021. Archived from the original on 6 June 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
- "Letesenbet Gidey breaks 2-day-old world record in 10,000m". OlympicTalk. NBC Sports. 8 June 2021. Archived from the original on 28 January 2022. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
- "Atileet Siifan Hasan fiigichaan rikkardiiwwan cabsuu itti fufte kun eenyu, akkamiin as geesse?". BBC News Afaan Oromoo. 7 December 2019. Archived from the original on 3 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
- Brink, Cors Van den (24 November 2013). Een Edammertje voor de atlete uit Nazareth Archived 23 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch). Atletiek Week. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
- "Sifan Hassan chases athletics history with Tokyo Olympics treble attempt". www.ft.com. 2021. Archived from the original on 6 August 2021. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
- Tokyo, Ian O'Riordan In. "Sifan Hassan on course for unprecedented treble after 5,000m win". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 3 August 2021. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
- Sifan Hassan Archived 1 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Global Sports Communication. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
- Barnes, Dan (2 August 2021). "Why Sifan Hassan is one to watch at Olympics: Dutch star puts 1,500m on blast, claims 5,000m gold 12 hours later". National Post. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
- Sifan Hassan Archived 7 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
- Sifan Hassan. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
- Rorick, Jim (22 October 2013). 2013 World Comprehensive List – Women Archived 13 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Track and Field News. Retrieved on 1 March 2014.
- Mulkeen, Jon (8 December 2013). Third time lucky for Duarte at European Cross as Bezabeh regains title Archived 8 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
- Minshull, Phil (22 December 2013). Hassan and Kibet take the honours in Brussels – IAAF Cross Country Permit Archived 24 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
- Minshull, Phil (1 February 2014). Genzebe Dibaba smashes world indoor 1500 m record with 3:55.17 in Karlsruhe Archived 3 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
- Birmingham: Sifan Hassan verbetert NR 1500m: 4'05″34 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch). Losse Veter. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
- Hassan and Kaya victorious at European Cross Country Championships Archived 16 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF (13 December 2015). Retrieved on 13 December 2015.
- "Results – Womens 1500m – Athletics – Rio 2016 – Olympics". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 6 August 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
- IAAF Diamond League 2018 Rabat results Archived 14 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 13 July 2018.
- "Programme 2018 and results". Muller Anniversary Games. Diamond League. Archived from the original on 21 May 2022. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
- European Athletics website Archived 9 February 2019 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2 October 2018.
- "14:43! Chepkoech breaks world 5km record in Monaco | REPORT | World Athletics". www.worldathletics.org. Archived from the original on 14 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
- "Ratified: world 5km records for Taye and Aregawi | PRESS RELEASE | World Athletics". www.worldathletics.org. Archived from the original on 11 July 2023. Retrieved 11 July 2023.
- "Wanders and Hassan set world 5km records in Monaco". www.iaaf.org. Archived from the original on 17 February 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
- "European 3000m record for Sifan Hassan at Pre Classic". AW. 30 June 2019. Archived from the original on 1 July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
- Mike Rowbottom (12 July 2019). "Hassan breaks world mile record in Monaco with 4:12.33 – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Archived from the original on 12 July 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
- "Hassan completes Diamond distance double in Brussels – IAAF Diamond League| News | iaaf.org". www.iaaf.org. Archived from the original on 7 September 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
- "Report: women's 10,000m – IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019". www.iaaf.org. Archived from the original on 28 September 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
- NDR. "Zweite Goldmedaille – Historischer Erfolg für Hassan". lawm.sportschau.de (in German). Archived from the original on 30 August 2021. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
- McGuire, Jane (12 October 2020). "Sifan Hassan sets new European women's 10,000m record, breaking Paula Radcliffe's record". Runner's World. Archived from the original on 9 February 2022. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
- Ingle, Sean (6 June 2021). "Sifan Hassan smashes women's 10,000m record by 10 seconds in super spikes". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 6 June 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
- "Letesenbet Gidey breaks 2-day-old world record in 10,000m". OlympicTalk. NBC Sports. 8 June 2021. Archived from the original on 28 January 2022. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
- "Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands wins women's 5,000m". Tokyo 2020. Archived from the original on 2 August 2021. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
- Whittington, Jess (23 April 2023). "Kiptum charges to 2:01:25 triumph, Hassan stuns on marathon debut in London". World Athletics. Archived from the original on 23 April 2023. Retrieved 23 April 2023.
- Ingle, Sean (23 April 2023). "London Marathon: Sifan Hassan stops twice and dodges bike in dramatic win". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on 23 April 2023. Retrieved 23 April 2023.
- "Sifan Hassan Shows Her Versatility At Chicago Marathon By Running A New Course Record And The Second Fastest Marathon Ever". 8 October 2023. Retrieved 26 October 2023.
- "Sifan Hassan crosses 2023 Chicago Marathon finish line with unofficial course record". NBC Chicago. 8 October 2023. Retrieved 8 October 2023.
- Dennehy, Cathal (2 October 2019). "Coach Alberto Salazar won't be missed". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 2 October 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
- Homewood, Brian (1 October 2019). "Hassan says career thrown into uncertainty by Salazar ban". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2 October 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
- "Track coach Alberto Salazar's 4-year doping ban upheld by Court of Arbitration for Sport". Associated Press. 10 July 2023. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
- "Sifan Hassan Wins 5,000 Meter Gold, Eyes More With Historic Triple Attempt". Sport's Illustrated. 2 August 2021. Archived from the original on 5 August 2021. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
- "Olympics 2021: Dutch track star Sifan Hassan's quest for an improbable treble". ESPN. Archived from the original on 5 August 2021. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
- "Hassan and Kejelcha: training partners and mile world record holders". www.iaaf.org. Archived from the original on 6 August 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
- "Kipyegon obliterates world mile record with 4:07.64 in Monaco", World Athletics, 21 July 2023. Retrieved 8 October 2023.
- "Senior Outdoor One Mile Women", World Athletics. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
- "Gidey breaks 10,000m world record in Hengelo", World Athletics, 8 June 2021. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
- "Senior Outdoor 10,000 Metres Women", World Athletics. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
- Nicole Jeffery, "Wanders and Hassan set world 5km records in Monaco", World Athletics, 17 February 2019. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
- Bob Ramsak, "14:43! Chepkoech breaks world 5km record in Monaco", World Athletics, 14 February 2021. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
- "Tirop and Teferi smash world records in Herzogenaurach", World Athletics, 12 September 2021. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
- "Senior Outdoor Marathon Women", World Athletics, 8 October 2023. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
- "IAAF Diamond League | Brussels (BEL) | 11 September 2015 | Diamond Race Standings" (PDF). Diamond League. 11 September 2015. p. 7. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 May 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
- "IAAF Diamond League Final | Zürich (SUI) | 28th – 29 August 2019" (PDF). Diamond League. 29 August 2019. p. 2. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 January 2022. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
- "IAAF Diamond League Final | Brussels (BEL) | 5th – 6 September 2019" (PDF). Diamond League. 6 September 2019. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 August 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
- Sifan Hassan at World Athletics
- Sifan Hassan at European Athletics
- Sifan Hassan at the Royal Dutch Athletics Federation (in Dutch)
- Sifan Hassan at Diamond League
- Sifan Hassan at ARRS
- Sifan Hassan at Olympics.com
- Sifan Hassan at Olympedia
- Sifan Hassan at TeamNL (in Dutch)
- Sifan Hassan at NOC*NSF (in Dutch)