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Sifan Hassan: “Faith Kipyegon inspires me to run faster”

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Faith Kipyegon broke the world 5000m record last month [14:05.20]. Is that extra motivation for you? 

It’s really big motivation for me. I love challenges and when athletes are running hard it is better that I can see them if I run harder. I don’t want me to be the only one running well. I’m really grateful for athletes like Faith [Kipyegon] and Letesenbet [Gidey]. I’m always really happy because I just want to run more but I can’t do everything. If you think it’s possible then it’s easier. What they are showing is possible. I’ve already run the mile world record but I know I can run harder. When Faith is running yesterday like that I know I can run harder. Faith has ran 14:06 over 5000m and I think we can both go under 14 minutes. We’re going to surprise a lot of people.

What was your reaction to Faith Kipyegon’s world mile record [4:07.64] in Monaco? 

She is amazing and she inspires to run faster. I have such great respect for her and I think it’s amazing. I think a lot of female athletes are getting better and quicker. Faith is showing a lot of younger athletes and me that it is possible to break more world records.

I thought she’d break the world record but the way that she did it was amazing. Congratulations and I’ll see you again!

Do you plan to run both the 5000m and 10,000m at the World Championships in Budapest?

I’m going to run but I don’t know yet if I’ll do three [disciplines]. Whatever distance I run I’m going to have a challenge as over 10,000m I’ll race Letesenbet and 5000m Faith. I also want to try and improve my 800m personal best next year [1:56.81 from 2017]. But there will be no marathon in Budapest!

I’ve already done the three in Tokyo and if I do all three again [1500m, 5000m and 10,000m] it’s because it’s a challenge and fun to do. I see other athletes who could also run a lot of distances. I’d love to see Jakob [Ingebrigtsen] over 800m and 10,000m. I want to see those who are doing 1500m races run in other events.

Sifan Hassan (London Marathon Events)

How important is Paris 2024 in the long-term? What’s the dream?

I’m actually thinking more about that than the World Championships in Budapest. For athletes, it’s been a very challenging few years as we’ve come from Tokyo to Eugene and now Budapest and Paris is coming up. Olympics is very hard. We think we have a time but it’s always so quick.

When I look back I was really grateful I took a big break last year [Hassan made her season opener on July 8]. I’ve got a fresh mind for Budapest and Paris.

I hope I’m not injured, that I’m healthy and everything is good in my brain.

Would you like to run the marathon at Paris 2024? 

I don’t know! Paris has such a special place in my heart as it’s in Europe and so close to The Netherlands. It feels like home. Even when we flew back from Tokyo via Paris I was already getting emotional! I’m already focused on Paris. I think I wouldn’t survive the stress if the wait was four years.

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