Press release: Global Sports Communications
Sifan Hassan made history at the Wanda Diamond League in Brussels tonight by smashing the world one-hour record, covering a total distance of 18 kilometres and 930 metres.
The 27-year-old Dutch athlete produced yet another superb demonstration of her abilities to lower the 12-year-old world record mark of Ethiopian Dire Tune, which stood at 18,517m.
In a highly-competitive field, Hassan seized control of the race at around two minutes before extending her advantage inside the King Baudouin Stadium with her trademark long stride. Supported by the Wavelight technology, she managed to get inside the old record.
“An hour is long; it takes a lot of concentration and phocus. After the first half I found my rythm. I’m really happy with this record!”
Sifan enjoyed an outstanding 2019, winning world titles over both 1500m and 10,000 and setting world record marks for the mile (4:12.33) and 5km on the road (14:44).