‘Sifan Hassan runs not for silver or bronze at world cup’
Coach middle and long distances Grete Koens frustrated that Sifan Hassan Monday, her role not to has performed on the 1500 metres. But she stresses that it is not a foregone conclusion was that the Dutch a world CHAMPIONSHIP medal would be better.
“The 1500 metres is in my opinion the sterkstbezette part of the world cup. There were five women at the start who were eligible for gold. Sifan could be the first, but also nothing at all to address”, says Koens after the fifth place of Hassan in the Olympic Stadium in London.
“They lose not small girls”, says Koens. “Faith Kipyegon and Caster Semenya are olympic champions, that’s a terribly good acceleration in the final round.”
Yet it seemed to Hassan advance the obvious winner. The 24-year-old athlete, who in 2008 from Ethiopia moved to the Netherlands, has the fastest three times of 2017 behind her name and came across the series and the semi-finals convincingly. For the world CHAMPIONSHIPS, said Hassan, moreover, that they are in the form of her life stuck and that they for gold went up.
“Sifan is a winner,” says Koens. “She has run for gold and not for silver or bronze. It was all or nothing and unfortunately, it is nothing. Better can I make it not.”
Koens: ‘You can feel that this is very very hard to arrive at Hassan’
Difference between the final and the earlier two races of Hassan in London was that they in the final battle relatively early took the initiative, instead of relying on her finishing sprint. 600 metres from the finish line she ran to the lead.
Then loved Hassan for a long time, but in the last meters cramped them and went Kipyegon, Jennifer Simpson, Semenya and Laura Muir her over. Winner Kipyegon klokte 4.02,59, and Hassan 4.03,34.
“It may be that they have too much energy missed with her tussenversnelling trying to get ahead, but they ran the last lap in 58 seconds, and that is go,” says Koens. “What is the difference between the number one and Sifan is not large. It was really very close to each other, and ultimately, it is just wrong.”
Incidentally, it is the world cup for Hassan, who, two years ago bronze medal in the 1500 metres, not over yet. Thursday, she runs the series of the 5000 metres. The final of that distance is on Sunday.
Hassan distraught after a disappointing fifth place in 1500 meters