TOKYO — Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands may attempt to do one thing unprecedented on the Tokyo Games: win the ladies’s 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters. To achieve this, she would want to run a number of heats in a number of occasions, together with 5 races in six days subsequent week if she efficiently plows by means of the rounds.
She launched her bid at a potential triple gold on Friday evening by successful her first-round warmth of the 5,000 and securing a spot in Monday evening’s last.
She raised her fingers in muted celebration as she crossed the end line.
“I was celebrating getting into the final,” Hassan mentioned. “That is a lot of pressure.”
Asked whether or not she had determined to compete in all three occasions on the Olympics — one thing that’s been broadly speculated — she mentioned: “Not yet. I have to talk to my coach.”
Elise Cranny and Karissa Schweizer of the United States additionally made it by means of to the ultimate.
“It was a tough field out there, and I got really pushed around,” mentioned Schweizer, who was bleeding from her shins after getting spiked.
Hassan, 28, has emerged as one of the dynamic and versatile runners in the world for the reason that 2016 Olympics, when she positioned fifth in the 1,500 meters whereas failing to advance by means of her qualifying warmth of the 800 meters. She signaled her meteoric rise on the 2019 world championships by successful each the 1,500 and 10,000 meters. She broke the mile world document later that 12 months.
In June, Hassan set one other world document, this time in the 10,000 meters, solely to have it damaged two days later by Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia. Gidey is among the many athletes who will problem Hassan in Tokyo.
Hassan was coached by Alberto Salazar till 2019, when he was banned for four years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for violating guidelines governing banned substances. This week, Salazar was completely barred from collaborating in monitor and area.
And in the ultimate occasion of the opening day of competitors at Olympic Stadium, Selemon Barega of Ethiopia held off a pair of athletes from Uganda, Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo, to win gold in the lads’s 10,000 meters. Barega scorched the ultimate laps to edge out Cheptegei, the world-record holder in each the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, by 0.41 seconds.
Grant Fisher of the U.S. completed fifth.
It was the primary time somebody aside from Mo Farah of Britain gained the 10,000 since 2008. Farah, who doubled because the 5,000- and 10,000-meter champion on the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, didn’t qualify for the Tokyo Games.