Sifan Hassan

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Sifan Hassan
Hassan cropped.jpg
Personal information
Born (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 28)[1]
Adama, Ethiopia
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight49 kg (108 lb)
Country Netherlands
Event(s)1500 metres
5000 metres
10,000 metres
Coached byTim RowBerry
Achievements and titles
World finals2015
1500 m,  Bronze
800 m, 9th (sf)
1500 m, 5th
5000 m,  Bronze
10,000 m,  Gold
1500 m,  Gold
Olympic finals2016
1500 m, 5th
800 m, 28th (h)
Personal best(s)

Sifan Hassan (Oromo: Siifan Hassan; born 1 January 1993) is an Ethiopian-born Dutch middle- and long-distance runner. She won two gold medals at the 2019 World Championships, in the 1500 metres and 10,000 metres events, becoming the only athlete (male or female) in history to win both events at a single World Championships or Olympic Games.[3]

Hassan was the 2016 1500m indoor world champion. At the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, she won a bronze medal in the 1500m, following that with a bronze medal in the 5000m in the 2017 championships. Hassan is the world record holder for both the 5 km road race (womens only race) and the mile, both set in 2019, as well as the one hour run, set in 2020.[4]


Born in Adama in Ethiopia,[5] she left the country as a refugee and arrived in the Netherlands in 2008 at age fifteen. She began running while undertaking studies to become a nurse.[6]

Affiliated with Eindhoven Atletiek,[7] she 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.[8]

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 over 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 in the world that year.[8][9]

Hassan became a Dutch citizen in November 2013 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.[10] She also won the Warandeloop and Lotto Cross Cup Brussels races that winter.[11] 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,[12] then broke the Dutch record in the indoor 1500 m with a run of 4:05.34 minutes at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.[13]

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.[14]

Hassan won her heat in the 1500 m in the 2016 Summer Olympics in 4:06.64 before Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon. In the semifinals she placed second in 4:03.62 after Genzebe Dibaba who won in 4:03.06. In the final Chepngetich 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.[15]

She finished 5th in the 1500 metres at the 2017 World Athletics Championships and won the bronze medal in the 5000 metres event. On 13 July 2018, she broke the European record for 5000 meters by finishing second at the Rabat Diamond League in 14:22.34.[16]

Hassan (right) with Faith Kipyegon and Genzebe Dibaba at the medal ceremony during the 2015 World Championships in Beijing

She won the first Millicent Fawcett Mile at the 2018 London Anniversary Games in a time of 4:14.71,[17] which was at the time the No. 4 mark of all time.

She won the gold medal at the 2018 European Championships with the time 14:46:12, setting the new championships record.

On 16 September 2018 she broke the European record for the half marathon with a time of 65:15, winning the Copenhagen Half Marathon[18]

On 17 Feb, 2019 Hassan set the world record for a 5 km road race (womens only race) in Monaco.[19] Her winning time was 14:44. On the men's side, Julien Wanders (Switzerland) set the male 5 km road race record, in the same race, with a time of 13:29. The 5 km road race has been a world record event since 1 November 2017.[20]

Hassan was the 2019 Diamond League winner at both 1500 m & 5000 m.[21] She is the training partner of Yomif Kejelcha.[22]

Mile world record[edit]

On 12 July 2019, 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 1200m, 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.[23] 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.

2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha[edit]

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 10,000-metre distance was in Stanford in a time of 31:18.12, doing just enough to achieve the qualifying standard for the 2019 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. Letensebet Gidey (Ethiopia) 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.[24]

She 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 (Ethiopia) with 3:54.38.[25]


Beginning in 2016, Hassan was coached by Alberto Salazar at the Nike Oregon Project.[26][27] Salazar began serving a four-year ban from athletics for doping violations in 2019.

Personal bests[edit]




  • 800 metres – 2:04.16 (Gent (Topsporthal), 9 February 2014)
  • 1500 metres – 4:00.46 (NR, Stockholm (Globe Arena), 19 February 2015)
  • Mile – 4:19.89 (NR, New York City, 11 February 2017)
  • 3000 metres – 8:30.74 (NR, Karlsruhe (Europahalle), 1 February 2014)[1]


  1. ^ a b Hassan IAAF Profile. IAAF. Retrieved on 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c IAAF. "Sifan HASSAN - Athlete Profile".
  3. ^ Dutch, Taylor (5 October 2019). "Sifan Hassan Wins Unprecedented World Championship Double; Houlihan Sets American Record". Runner's World. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Program 2019 – Diamond League – Monaco". Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  5. ^ Brink, Cors Van den (24 November 2013). Een Edammertje voor de atlete uit Nazareth (in Dutch). Atletiek Week. Retrieved on 2014-02-22.
  6. ^ Sifan Hassan Archived 1 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Global Sports Communication. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
  7. ^ Sifan Hassan. European Athletics. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
  8. ^ a b Sifan Hassan. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
  9. ^ Rorick, Jim (22 October 2013). 2013 World Comprehensive List – Women. Track and Field News. Retrieved on 2014-03-01.
  10. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (8 December 2013). Third time lucky for Duarte at European Cross as Bezabeh regains title. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-02-22.
  11. ^ Minshull, Phil (22 December 2013). Hassan and Kibet take the honours in Brussels – IAAF Cross Country Permit. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-02-22.
  12. ^ Minshull, Phil (1 February 2014). Genzebe Dibaba smashes world indoor 1500m record with 3:55.17 in Karlsruhe. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-02-22.
  13. ^ Birmingham: Sifan Hassan verbetert NR 1500m: 4’05″34 (in Dutch). Losse Veter. Retrieved on 22 February 2014.
  14. ^ Hassan and Kaya victorious at European Cross Country Championships. IAAF (13 December 2015). Retrieved on 2015-12-13.
  15. ^ "Results - Womens 1500m - Athletics - Rio 2016 - Olympics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  16. ^ IAAF Diamond League 2018 Rabat results Retrieved on 13 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Programme 2018 and results". Muller Anniversary Games. Diamond League. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  18. ^ European Athletics website Retrieved on 2 October 2018.
  19. ^ "14:43! Chepkoech breaks world 5km record in Monaco | REPORT | World Athletics". Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  20. ^ "Wanders and Hassan set world 5km records in Monaco| News |". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Hassan completes Diamond distance double in Brussels – IAAF Diamond League| News |". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Hassan and Kejelcha: training partners and mile world record holders | News |". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  23. ^
  24. ^ "Report: women's 10,000m - IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019| News |". Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  25. ^ NDR. "Zweite Goldmedaille - Historischer Erfolg für Hassan". (in German). Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  26. ^ Dennehy, Cathal (2 October 2019). "Coach Alberto Salazar won't be missed". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  27. ^ Homewood, Brian (1 October 2019). "Hassan says career thrown into uncertainty by Salazar ban". Reuters. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  28. ^ "European 3000m record for Sifan Hassan at Pre Classic". Athletics Weekly. 30 June 2019.

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Preceded by
Russia Svetlana Masterkova
Women's Mile World record holder
12 July 2019 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Russia Liliya Shobukhova
Women's 5,000m European record holder
13 July 2018 –
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Soviet Union Tatyana Kazankina
Women's 1,500m European record holder
5 October 2019 –
Succeeded by
Preceded by
United Kingdom Paula Radcliffe
Women's 10,000m European record holder
10 October 2020 –
Succeeded by