Athletics-Hassan could look to emulate Zatopek’s distance triple in Paris


AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – London Marathon girls’s champion Sifan Hassan could attempt to emulate Czech nice Emil Zatopek by going for gold within the 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon at subsequent 12 months’s Paris Olympics, based on experiences on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Dutch athlete, who gained the Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m titles in Tokyo, made a surprising marathon debut in London on Sunday, coming residence first in two hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds.

Hassan’s coach, Tim Rowberry, informed the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper that she began speaking about Zatopek’s feat after Sunday’s race. The Czech gained the three distance golds on the Helsinki Video games in 1952.

Rowberry mentioned Hassan has been pointing to the truth that nobody had gained the 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon at an Olympics since Zatopek, suggesting a seed had been planted in her head.

Hassan, who additionally completed third within the 1,500m in Tokyo, sometimes retains her plans near her chest and solely decides issues on the final second.

Requested after her London triumph on Sunday whether or not she would now be turning her consideration completely to the marathons, Hassan mentioned: “I can not try this. I actually loved the marathon, I even loved the journey, the leg and stretching issues.

“I need to do marathons however I actually need to keep on the observe additionally. I really like the observe, this does not change that.

“I’m somebody who needs all the things and desires to be in all places.”

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape City; Enhancing by Peter Rutherford)

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