“I’m Just Tired”- Sifan Hassan Talks About Failing to Break the 5000m World Record at Nike Prefontaine Classic 2021

Published 08/21/2021, 10:43 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 10000m – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 7, 2021. Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands celebrates as she wins gold REUTERS/Dylan Martinez


In terms of long-distance track events, Sifan Hassan is the outright best in the world. The Ethiopian-born Dutch athlete, Hassan, is a bonafide legend. Sifan recently won the 5,000-meter event at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in grand fashion. Even though she could not break the world record, the last two months have been incredible for the athlete.

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Sifan Hassan wins again

After her exploits in Japan, the long-distance runner was head and shoulders above the rest in Oregon as well. Sifan operates on a completely different level to her competition and has her sights on the world record. She talked about how she couldn’t beat it because of the burnout from Japan.

“The last two laps I knew I wasn’t going to break the world record.”

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 5000m – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands reacts to winning gold after competing REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“I just want to finish strong and run hard. I had a really tough two weeks at the Olympics. All the emotion with the media and the stress. I’m in shape but I’m just tired. I’m not fresh,” said Hassan.

The concerns are well-justified. The total time spent by Hassan on the tracks is incredible. During her time in Japan, she ran three rounds of 1500-meters, two rounds of 5000-meters, and a 10000-meter race which speaks volumes about her stamina. It is natural for even the best athletes to feel tired after such a packed schedule. Despite not setting a world record, she took home the gold medal in the 5000-meters race in the Nike Prefontaine Classic.

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Her exploits in Tokyo

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The athlete representing the Dutch had an amazing time in Tokyo. She won the gold medal in both the 5000 and 10000-meters races. Moreover, she won the bronze medal in the 1500-meter race becoming the first athlete to win a medal in these three events in a single Olympic Game.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 10000m – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 7, 2021. Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands celebrates after winning gold REUTERS/Phil Noble

Now, she has gone around and won the 5000-meter in the Prefontaine competitions. The runner set a time of 14:27.89 in her race to bring home the gold medal.

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Despite her not creating a world record, Sifan Hassan’s performances have been nothing short of extraordinary. It is incredible to see the endurance she possesses. And looking at her career trajectory, that world record is living a charmed life.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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