Tokyo Olympics: Sifan Hassan takes 5,000m gold in first leg of tried treble

Tokyo Olympics: Sifan Hassan takes 5,000m gold in first leg of attempted treble


Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Sifan Hassan said she had caffeine to thank after winning her first Olympic gold medal in the 5,000m on Monday.

The Dutchwoman is bidding for a historic treble of 1500m, 5,000m and 10,000m.

Ethiopia-born Hassan, 28, produced a devastating final-lap sprint to win in 14 minutes 36.79 seconds, but it seems she required a little assistance to carry her over the finish line.

“Without coffee I would never be Olympic champion,” she joked.

Hassan’s gruelling schedule means she will have run in six middle- or long-distance races in eight days.

In her 1500m heat earlier on Monday, she had to recover quickly from a fall just after the bell, swiftly picking herself up to qualify in first place.

“I can’t believe it. It was terrible when I tripped,” she said. “When I fell down…