Sifan Hassan fell during his 1,500-meter heat – and still finished first


Dutch runners Siphan Hassan and Kenya’s Edinah Jabitok travel and fall during a 1,500-meter heat on August 2 (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Dutch sprinter Sifan Hassan began his bid for the unprecedented distance triple crown on Monday, and it got off to a wild start.

With one lap to go in Haasan’s 1,500m heat, the runner in front of him slipped and fell. Hassan then fell on top of him, and it looked like his attempt to make history was in jeopardy.

Kenyan sprinter Edina Jabitok collapsed on Monday during the 1,500-meter heat overtaking Sifan Hasan.
Kenyan sprinter Edina Jabitok collapsed on Monday during the 1,500-meter heat overtaking Sifan Hasan. (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

But Hassan was able to quickly get back up and running. Then he started the jet.

As summer was drawing to a close, it had covered most of the area. By the final stage, she was, somehow, back in contention.

Sifan Hassan crossed the line to finish first during the 1,500-meter heat on Monday.
Sifan Hassan crossed the line to finish first during the 1,500-meter heat on Monday. (Phil Noble/Reuters)

In the final stages, Hassan advanced and managed to win the heat in a photo finish. He ran 1500 meters – just under a mile – In 4:05.17 despite falling in the middle.

Hassan goes on to win her first gold medal in the women’s 5,000m final in Tokyo tonight.

Dutch sprinter Sifan Hassan celebrates after winning the 1,500m heat on Monday.
Dutch sprinter Sifan Hassan celebrates after winning the 1,500m heat on Monday. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

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