Sifan Hassan misses out on women's 5,000m world record at Prefontaine Classic

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Sifan Hassan, double Olympic gold medallist, was unable to set the 5,000m world mark at the Prefontaine Classic. This was her first meet since Tokyo 2020.

The Olympic champion in 10,000m and 5,000m was determined to break the record set by Ethiopian Letesenbet Gaidey in 2020.

The Netherlands' Hassan won in 14 minutes 27.89 secs, but Gidey's 14:06.62 record was not broken.

Hassan, who won three Tokyo medals, said, "The last two laps I knew I wasn’t going to break that record."

Senbere Teferi was cheered on by more than 5,000 people in Eugene, Oregon. Her time was 14:42.25. Fantu Worku, her Ethiopian compatriot, came in third at 14:42.85.

Ethiopian-born Hassan, 28 years old, still managed to set a new season record despite not breaking the world record. This was after a summer of intense competition, which included six races at Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

She continued, "I just want finish strong and run hard."

"It was a tough two weeks at the Olympics. All the emotions and stress from the media. I'm fit, but I'm tired.

Hassan won the Tokyo 2020 5,000m and 10,000m titles. She also took home a bronze medal for the 1500m. She became the first person to earn Olympic medals in 1500m, 10,000m, and 5,000m.

Hassan currently holds the world mile record. He also won gold medals at the 2019 World Championships in 1500m and 10,000m. In June, Hassan broke the 10,000m record with 29:06.82. Ethiopia's Gidey was only five seconds behind him.