Olympics: Chelangat Struggles As Sifan Hassan Takes 10,000m Title

Uganda’s long distance runner Mercyline Chelangat failed to impress at the 10,000m on the penultimate day of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Chelangat, who won bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth games, came at the tail with a lowly time of 33:10.90.

In a fast track, four athletes including Ethiopia’s Gebresepama Tsigie did not finish.

Its a sad ending for Chelangat but she will be hoping for better days ahead given that she returned to track this year after a two-year absence due to Maternity issues.

Unstoppable – Sifan Hassan. Reuters photo

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won gold when she stopped the clock in a time of 29:55.32. Its the second gold for the Dutch after she won the 5000m. She leaves Tokyo with bronze as well which she scooped in 15000m.

Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahene and Letesenbet Gidey completed the medal bracket while pre-race favourite Hellen Obiri of Kenya came fourth in her personal best time of 30:24.27.



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