Sifan Hassan wins 3000m and  Senbere Teferi  finished second at the Continental Cup in Ostrava

Sifan Hassan wins 3000m and  Senbere Teferi  finished second at the Continental Cup in Ostrava

No one could stop Hassan

September 8, 2018 (Letsrun) — One week after she was outkicked by Hellen Obiri in the Diamond League 5,000 final, Sifan Hassan gained revenge in a big way with an utterly dominant display in today’s 3,000 meters. Hassan crushed a 2:40 final kilometer (8:00 pace) to pull away for the win in a world-leading 8:27.50, winning by almost five full seconds over Senbere Teferi (8:32.49) as Obiri was third in 8:36.20.

Like the men’s steeple, this was run in an elimination format (starting with 4 laps to go the last place runner is eliminated on each lap so the race finishes with 4 runners), but beyond the very first elimination, which saw the Americas’ Muriel Coneo eliminated with four laps to go, there wasn’t much drama. American Lauren Paquette had drained herself so much trying to survive with four to go that she was well off the back with three to go, and both Nozomi Tanaka and Genevieve LaCaze found themselves dropped with two and one lap to go, respectively, forcing their eliminations.

Up front, Hassan made her move to the front with 900 to go with Teferi on her shoulder. With 600 to go, Obiri moved into second and we looked to be in for a repeat of last week’s epic race in Zurich. But Hassan was way too good today, coasting to the win thanks to a brilliant 60.09 final lap.


1 606 Sifan HASSAN Europe NEDNED 8:27.50 CR 8
2 562 Senbere TEFERI Africa ETHETH 8:32.49 PB 7
3 600 Hellen OBIRI Africa KENKEN 8:36.20 SB 6
4 578 Konstanze KLOSTERHALFEN Europe GERGER 8:38.04 SB 5
5 525 Genevieve LACAZE Asia-Pacific AUSAUS DNF 4
6 594 Nozomi TANAKA Asia-Pacific JPNJPN DNF 3
7 637 Lauren PAQUETTE Americas USAUSA DNF 2
8 551 Muriel CONEO Americas COLCOL DNF 1

Quick Take: Hassan vs. Obiri should continue to be a great rivalry in 2019

Hassan’s coach Alberto Salazar said last weekthat he sees Hassan as a 5k/10k runner moving forward, and after a bronze at Worlds in the 5k last year, Hassan has taken more strides in the longer distances in 2018, with PRs in the 5k (14:22) and now the 3k.

With that said, Obiri is the reigning world champ in the 5k and showed last week that she will still be tough to beat in the longer distances. Watching her and Hassan battle it out for the world title in Doha next year should be a treat.

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