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No keeping her down: After a fall, busy Hassan gets a gold

TOKYO (AP) — Sifan Hassan pointed to her left shoulder. “I have pain here,” she said. Then, her right leg. “Pain here.” Then, she dropped her hands to her sides in exhaustion, too tired to explain it anymore.

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Sifan Hassan had more pain than she had energy to explain, but still pulled off two stunning victories on the Olympic track. She took gold in the 5,000 meters just 11 hours after a scary fall during a 1,500-meter heat that she somehow won anyway.

TOKYO (AP) — Sifan Hassan pointed to her left shoulder. “I have pain here,” she said. Then, her right leg. “Pain here.” Then, she dropped her hands to her sides in exhaustion, too tired to explain it anymore.

Then, her right leg. “Pain here.”Then, she dropped her hands to her sides in exhaustion, too tired to explain it anymore. “Pain there.”Winning the Olympics really can hurt sometimes. But it’s hard to keep the world’s busiest speed demon down for long.

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Hassan scored two remarkable victories on the Olympic track Monday. Her gold-medal run in the women’s 5,000 meters came a mere 11 hours after she picked herself up from a scary fall on the final lap of her 1,500-meter heat to not only finish that race — but win it, as well.

Those two wins kept Hassan, the Ethiopian-born 28-year-old who now competes for the Netherlands, very much in the mix for not one, not two, but three medals — in the 1,500, the 5,000 and the 10,000.It’s a never-before-attempted Olympic journey that will require six races over eight days. It’s a journey most thought would be impossible even before the sort of fall that can take even the heartiest of runners off the track. headtopics.com

“To come back (11) hours after that, and to run the race,” said silver medalist Hellen Obiri of Kenya, “and you can see that she’s great.”The 1,500-meter heat should have been a no-fuss warmup for Hassan’s main event later in the day. Running from the back, as is her preference, she was gearing up to make her move as the phalanx of 15 runners approached the start of the final lap.

But Kenya’s Edinah Jebitok stumbled and tumbled to the ground just in front of her. Hassan tried to save things by hurdling over her fallen opponent, but instead tripped and did half a barrel roll.Most runners might have called it a day, and Hassan said the thought crossed her mind for a split second. She could have filed a protest and potentially been moved along to the next round because the spill really wasn’t her fault.

“But I told myself ‘No.’ I didn’t want to regret it later. I don’t want all the excuses,” she said.And so, in the span of two seconds, she was up again. What came next was one of the most remarkable 60-second laps in racing, as Hassan moved from the back of the pack, picking off runner after runner. All she needed to advance was a top-six finish. She ended up taking first.

“She closed in a 60-second lap with a fall, so she probably ran about a 55,” Canada’s 5,000-meter runner Andrea Seccafien said. “So, yeah, she’s on another level for sure.”Exhausting work, but, Hassan conceded, “I felt like someone who drank 20 cups of coffee.” headtopics.com

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Whilewith tales of Hassan’s recovery, the track and field world waited through lunch and dinner to see what, if anything, she could possibly have left in the tank when she returned for her first gold-medal race.Turned out to be plenty.Lingering in the back, then the middle of the pack for the first 11 laps on a track still soaked by an earlier rainstorm, she kicked things in with about 250 meters left. She won the race going away, in 14 minutes, 36.79 seconds — a pedestrian time for her, but amazing considering the circumstances.

“They were running so slow. I felt OK. Every lap I felt OK,” she said. “Like somebody who is getting energy. I was actually not tired.”Hassan was 1.57 seconds ahead of Obiri, and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay took bronze. While most runners collapsed and gasped for breath at the end, Hassan kept on walking, at one point pointing to her chest and offering a look of amazement.

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Sifan Hassan Wins First Gold in the 5,000 Meters as She Pursues Impressive TripleHellen Obiri took the silver and Gudaf Tsegay took the bronze; Karissa Schweizer was the top American in 11th place. What a kick!!!! Unfortunately Cranny did not make the 10000m team. 14:36 wow