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TOKYO – Dutch long-distance runner Sifan Hassan was entering the final lap of her 1,500-meter series when the runner in front of her tripped and Hassan crashed to the ground.
Suddenly, far behind the leaders, he stood up and turned on the gas.
Eleven of the fastest runners in the world stood between her and victory. With astonishing momentum, he passed them one by one, rapidly gaining ground.
Down the stretch, Hassan went ahead and passed in front of five runners. She had gained the heat. You can see his return here.
Hassan, 28, will compete in the semi-final of the 1,500 meters on Wednesday. He came to the Games with the aim of making history with the golds in the 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters, something that no man or woman has done in a single Olympiad.
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