Sifan Hassan sets new European women’s 10,000m record, breaking Paula Radcliffe’s record



a close up of a flag: Hassan beat Paula Radcliffe's 2002 mark by more than 24 seconds.


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Hassan beat Paula Radcliffe’s 2002 mark by more than 24 seconds.

  • Sifan Hassan has set a new European record for the women’s 10,000m.
  • Hassan has beaten Paula Radcliffe’s 2002 record by more than 24 seconds.

Sifan Hassan has set a new European record for the women’s 10,000m, beating Paula Rafcliffe’s 2002 record by more than 24 seconds. The 27-year-old runner, who won 1500m and 10,000m gold at the World Championships in Doha last year, clocked 29 minutes 36.67 seconds.

Radcliffe’s time was 30:01.09, run at the 2002 European Championships in Munich.

Despite running with the pacing assistance of the new Wavelight technology built into the track in Hengelo, used by Letesenbet Gidey and Joshua Cheptegei last week at the NN Valencia World Record Day in Valencia, conditions proved too difficult for the Ethiopian-born athlete to challenge the world record.

‘I am so happy to have run a new European record, especially a record that has stood for so long by such a strong athlete as Paula,’ said Hassan.

‘It was a very difficult race today as it was so cold and wet. I was feeling really strong and wished for a bit better conditions, but this record gives me a lot of confidence.’

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