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Women's 10000m: Sifan Hassan Completes Impressive Olympic Double as Kenya's Hellen Obiri Finishes 4th
- Sifan Hassan became the first athlete to medal in all three track events at the same Olympics
- She won gold in the women’s 10,000m in 29:55.32
- Kenya's Hellen Obiri finished the race in fourth place, narrowly missing out on a medal
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Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan has emphatically secured her second title after finishing first in the women’s 10000m finals.
Hassan, 28, exhibited her blistering pace down the home stretch to completely overcome her opponents as Kenya’s Hellen Obiri missed out on a medal after finishing in fourth place.
It was an impressive win for Hassan for several reasons but perhaps the most impressive sub plot is the fact that she won the race having ran three other races over the past few days.
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Kalkidan Gezahegne of Bahrain, who is also Ethiopian born claimed silver after upping her pace at the very death while world record holder Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia crossed the line in third.
Gidey will be disappointed in the fact that she somehow let it skip despite leading the race from the seventh lap.
Hassan haunts Obiri again
Ahead of the race, Hellen Obiri was fully aware that her biggest threat was Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands.
The two had previously faced of in the women’s 5000m final where Obiri finished in second place, clocking 14:38:36, with Hassan winning with a time of 14:36.79.
Once the race 10000m race kicked off, it became apparent that the gold was a battle between Hassan and Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey, who broke the Dutchwoman's world record in June.
For this one, Hassan’s tactics were quite simple as she tucked in with the slower crowd as she allowed the likes of Gidey to be the pacemakers.
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After 3000m, she increased her pace to keep up with the Ethiopian, who was at the time in second place.
It was on the final turn that Hassan completely blew away Gidey and the rest of the pack as she kept up her pace while the Ethiopian faded into third place.
Kenya shines in women's marathon
Elsewhere, Kenyans were given a reason to smile as Peres Jepchirchir won the women's marathon, with her fellow countrywoman Brigid Kosgei coming second to claim silver.
Jepchirchir did superbly in the closing moments to beat world record holder Brigid Kosgei to win the race in 2 hours, 27 seconds.
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