HASSAN THE HOME HOPE
FRESH from her European half-marathon record of 65:15 in Copenhagen, Sifan Hassan says she is now targeting the European Cross Country Championships in December, where she will compete on home soil in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Born in Ethiopia, Hassan moved to the Netherlands aged 15 as a refugee in 2008 and after acquiring Dutch citizenship in November
2013 she won the under-23 title at the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade only nine days after being cleared to compete for her new country.
Two years later, she won the European senior cross-country title in Hyeres, while of course she has also enjoyed success on the track with a European 5000m gold this year among other things.