Dutch Olympic star Sifan Hassan completed a remarkable recovery to win her heat in the women’s 1,500m in Tokyo after falling with just 380 meters of the race to go.Sifan Hassan falls while competing in the Women’s 1500m Round 1 at the Tokyo Olympics.
Hassan was tripped over with less than a third of the race to go after another athlete tumbled to the ground just in front of her, resulting in an unfortunate tangle of legs.
Undeterred, the Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman quickly jumped to her feet and continued on.
The reigning world 1,500m champion has set her sights on achieving an unprecedented treble of gold medal wins in the 1,500m, 5,000m and 10,000m at these Games.
Eager to keep her dream alive, Hassan was able to kick her efforts up a gear, quickly eating up the track between her and the main pack of runners.
By the time she crossed the finish line, the 28-year-old had made up the difference and then some, eventually catching up and overtaking the front runner, who had been 30 metres ahead when Hassan first fell.
There was even time to ease up the pace in the closing moments, having safely secured a place in Wednesday’s semi-finals.
She ultimately finished the race in 4:05.17 with data later revealing that Hassan ran the last 300 meters of the heat in just 43.7 seconds.