Van Langen will find that Hassan world CHAMPIONSHIPS-gold earned on the 1500 metres
Ellen van Langen will find that Sifan Hassan deserves to Monday night in the Olympic Stadium in London to become a world champion in the 1500 metres.
“I hope it happens, because Sifan deserves it really. The whole season she has dominated, and here in London she has in the series and in the semi-finals again, good races,” says Van Langen against NUsport.
The former athlete, who, 25 years ago, olympic gold picked up on the 800 metres, was impressed by the performance of the Dutch middellangeafstandsloper. International applies Hassan also if the topfavoriete, partly because they are the three fastest times of this season to her name.
“But it is a final and that is always different,” says Van Langen. “It is not that Sifan “just” gold is going to tackle. With Faith Kipyegon, Caster Semenya, and Laura Muir is the competition heavy. Medals you can’t predict.”
‘Hassan dominates all throughout the season in the 1500 metres’
For the final will be Van Langen still have contact with Hassan. The multiple Dutch champion, who is still the Netherlands recordhoudster is on the 800 meters (1.55,54), work for Global Sports Communication, the management to for Hassan.
“I do not themselves to the guidance of athletes, but work in the wedstrijdorganisatorische side of the company. But I know Sifan good and will use her in the run-up to the final moment to speak. The most important thing is that they are good position and then it is a matter of strike at the right time.”
Program day 4 world CHAMPIONSHIP of athletics: Sifan Hassan topfavoriete for gold
In the series, and the semi-finals beat Hassan only in the final lap, after she long in the rear ran. The Dutch, who was born in Ethiopia, namely, of her American coach, Alberto Salazar from the jostling remain.
“The tactics I leave to her coach about it, but I think that they are now not again from the backward walk,” says Van Langen. “This is too great a risk in a final.”
The final of the 1500 metres starts Monday evening at 22.50 hrs (Dutch time). Two years ago in Beijing captured Hassan world CHAMPIONSHIPS-bronze. If they are this time gold picks up, she is the third Dutch world champion ever in the athletics, after polsstokhoogspringer Rens Blom (2005) and Dafne Schippers in the 200m (2015).
Dafne Schippers happy with second gear in a 100 meter sprint