The gold project of extraordinary sprinter Sifan Hassan at the Olympic Games in Tokyo has failed. The 28-year-old Dutch woman finished only third in the 1500m final on Friday in 3:55.86. Four days earlier, Hasan had won over 5000m and no longer had the strength to run for the top spot as he had hoped. Kenyan Faith Kipyegon was Olympic champion in 3:53.11 minutes, with which she broke the Olympic record ahead of Laura Muir of Great Britain (3:54.50). In the 2019 World Cup in Doha/Qatar, Hasan won the distances over 1,500 and 10,000 metres. At the Tokyo Games on Saturday, she has another chance to at least go over the 10,000m gold. German record runner Konstanz Klosterhalfen (Leverkusen) will also meet.
Men’s over 5000m, favorites prevail on Friday: World record holder Joshua Chepteghi won a highly rated race in 12:58.15 minutes on Friday, ahead of third-placed Mohamed Ahmed from the 24-year-old World Cup in Uganda, Canada ( 12th place): 58.61). Third place went to 2016 Olympic runner-up Paul Chelimo of the United States. Dortmund’s U23 European champion Mohamed Mohamed was knocked out early. In the women’s 400 metres, American Alison Felix won her tenth Olympic medal in third (49.46 seconds), drawing level with compatriot Carl Lewis. Shauné Miller-Uibo (48.36) of the Bahamas won her second Olympic gold medal since 2016.
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