Sifan Hassan

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Sifan Hassan
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Personal information
Born (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 29)
Adama, Oromia, Ethiopia
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight49 kg (108 lb)
Country Netherlands
Event(s)Middle-, Long-distance running
Coached byTim Rowberry
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2015 Beijing
  • 800 m, sf (9th)
  • 1500 m,  Bronze
  • 2017 London
  • 1500 m, 5th
  • 5000 m,  Bronze
  • 2019 Doha
  • 1500 m,  Gold
  • 10,000 m,  Gold
Olympic finals
  • 2016 Rio de Janeiro
  • 800 m, h (26th)
  • 1500 m, 5th
  • 2020 Tokyo
  • 1500 m,  Bronze
  • 5000 m,  Gold
  • 10,000 m,  Gold
Personal best(s)

Sifan Hassan (Oromo: Siifan Hassan; born 1 January 1993)[1] is an Ethiopian-born Dutch middle- and long-distance runner. 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.[2][3]

At the World Athletics Championships, Hassan took 1500m and 10,000m 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.[4] She won a bronze at the 1500m in 2015, and at the 5000m in 2017 when she also finished fifth for the 1500m. Hassan is a three-time World Indoor Championships medallist, winning gold at 1500m in 2016 as well as silver at 3000m and bronze for 1500m 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 1500m/5000m double in 2019.

Hassan is the world record holder for both the one mile and 5 km road race, both set in 2019, as well as the one hour run, set in 2020.[5][6] She held a world record at 10,000 m for two days in June 2021.[7][8] She owns five European records (1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m, half marathon) and three Dutch records.

Early life[edit]

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.[9][10] She was a recreational runner there. She left Ethiopia as a refugee and arrived in the Netherlands in 2008 at age fifteen.[11][12] She began running while undertaking studies to become a nurse.[13] Hassan became a Dutch citizen in 2013.[14]



Affiliated with Eindhoven Atletiek,[15] 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.[16]


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.[16][17]

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.[18] She also won the Warandeloop and Lotto Cross Cup Brussels races that winter.[19]

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,[20] then broke the Dutch record in the indoor 1500 m with a time of 4:05.34 minutes at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.[21]


At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, Hassan won the bronze medal in the 1500 meters. 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.[22]

Hassan (right) en route the 1500m gold at the 2016 World Indoor Championships in Portland


Hassan won her heat in the 1500 m in the 2016 Summer 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.[23]

She finished fifth in the 1500 m at the 2017 World Athletics Championships and won the bronze medal in the 5000 metres event.


On 13 July, she broke the European record for 5000 metres by finishing second at the Rabat Diamond League in 14:22.34.[24] 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.[25]

At the 2018 European Championships, she won a gold medal in the 5000 m with the time 14:46:12, setting the new championships record.

On 16 September, she broke the European record for the half marathon with a time of 65:15, winning the Copenhagen half marathon[26]


On 17 February, Hassan set the world record for a 5 km road race stopping the clock at 14m 44s in Monaco.[27] The 5 km road race has been a world record event since 1 November 2017.[28] At the Prefontaine Classic in June, she broke a European 3000m record with a time of 8m 18.49s.[29]

Hassan running 10,000m at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, CA in 2019

Mile world record[edit]

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.[30] 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.[31]

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 metres 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.[32] 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 record. 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.[33]


On 10 October, Hassan set a European record for the women's 10,000 metres in a time of 29:36.67, breaking mark set by Great Britain's Paula Radcliffe in 2002 by more than 24 seconds.[34]

On 6 June 2021, she bettered her performance at the event to set a world record of 29m 06.82s 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 29m 01.03s at the same stadium.[35][8]

Hassan won gold in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres at the 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 5000m winning time was 14:36.79 ahead of Hellen Obiri from Kenya with 14:38.36, Gudaf Tsegay from Ethiopia 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 is the first non-Kenyan or Ethiopian athlete to win the event since Gabriela Szabo won in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.[36]


Beginning in 2016, Hassan was coached by Alberto Salazar at the Nike Oregon Project.[37][38] In 2019 Salazar began serving a four-year ban from athletics for doping violations dating from before he started coaching Hassan. In 2021 he was suspended for life by the United States Center for SafeSport for sexual misconduct.[39]

Hassan's current coach is Tim Rowberry who began coaching her in July 2018. Rowberry was also the coach of runner Yomif Kejelcha, Hassan's training partner until his recent departure to Adidas. [40][41][42]


Hassan (right) with Genzebe Dibaba and Faith Kipyegon (l) at the medal ceremony during the 2015 World Championships in Beijing
Hassan after her 5000m win at the 2018 European Championships

Information from World Athletics profile unless otherwise noted.

Personal bests[edit]

Type Event Time (m:s)
Date Place Notes
Outdoor 800 metres 1:56.81 21 July 2017 Monaco
1000 metres 2:34.68 24 May 2015 Hengelo, Netherlands NR
1500 metres 3:51.95 5 October 2019 Doha, Qatar European record
One mile 4:12.33 12 July 2019 Monaco World record
3000 metres 8:18.49 30 June 2019 Stanford, CA, United States European record
5000 metres 14:22.12 21 July 2019 London, United Kingdom European record
10,000 metres 29:06.82 6 June 2021 Hengelo, Netherlands European record
One hour 18,930 m 4 September 2020 Brussels, Belgium World record
Indoor 800 metres 2:02.62 28 February 2016 Apeldoorn, Netherlands
1500 metres 4:00.46 19 February 2015 Stockholm, Sweden NR
One mile 4:19.89 11 February 2017 New York, United States
3000 metres 8:30.76 18 February 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom NR
Road 5 km 14:44 17 February 2019 Monaco Wo World record
10 km 34:28 1 April 2012 Brunssum, Netherlands
15 km 53:57 4 December 2011 's-Heerenberg, Netherlands
Half marathon 65:15 16 September 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark European record

International competitions[edit]

Representing the  Netherlands
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
2013 European Cross Country Championships Belgrad 1st U23 race 19:40
3rd U23 team 70 pts
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 5th 3000 m i 9:03.22
European Team Championships, Super League Braunschweig, Germany 1st 3000 m 8:45.24 CR
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 1st 1500 m 4:04.18
2nd 5000 m 15:31.79
Continental Cup Marrakesh, Morocco 1st 1500 m 4:05.99
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 1st 1500 m i 4:09.04
World Championships Beijing, China sf (5th) 800 m 1:58.50 PB
3rd 1500 m 4:09.34
European Cross Country Championships Hyères, France 1st Senior race 25:47
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, OR, United States 1st 1500 m i 4:04.96
European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 2nd 1500 m 4:33.76
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil h (21st) 800 m 2:00.27 SB
5th 1500 m 4:11.23
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 5th 1500 m 4:03.34
3rd 5000 m 14:42.73
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 3rd 1500 m i 4:07.26
2nd 3000 m i 8:45.68 SB
European Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 5000 m 14:46.12 CR
Continental Cup Ostrava, Czech Republic 1st 3000 m 8:27.50 CR NR
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 1500 m 3:51.95 CR AR
1st 10,000 m 30:17.62 WL PB
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 3rd 1500 m 3:55.86
1st 5000 m 14:36.79
1st 10,000 m 29:55.32
2022 World Championships Eugene, OR, United States 6th 5000 m 14:48.12 SB
4th 10,000 m 30:10.56 SB

Circuit wins and titles[edit]

National championships[edit]


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5 October 2019 –
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13 July 2018 –
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