Sifan Hassan will attempt to break the world hour record next month at the AG Memorial Van Damme in Brussels. The Dutch top athlete sees it as a great opportunity in the year ravaged by the corona virus.
“It has been a crazy and difficult season, but I have continued to train as well as possible and am fortunately healthy and fit,” said 27-year-old Hassen on the website of the organization on Tuesday.
“There are very few races at the moment and I am very happy with the proposal of the AG Memorial Van Damme to attack the world hour record there. The record is very sharp, but I like to take on the challenge and in my current form. I think it is possible. ”
The record has been held since 2008 by the Ethiopian Dire Tune, who reached a distance of 18 kilometers and 517 meters at the time. Hassan runs in the King Baudouin Stadium, where she wrote history last year with world titles in the 1,500 and 10,000 meters.
The next match of the born Ethiopian is on August 14, when she competes in the Diamond League of Monaco. It’s her first game in months. Her attempt to break the world hour record is on September 4.
On that day the world hour record for men is also attacked: top athlete Mo Farah and the Belgian Bashir Abdi try to improve the distance of Haile Gebrselassie (21 kilometers and 285 meters) from 2007.