28-year-old Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands fired a warning shot ahead of the Tokyo Olympics by setting a new world record in the women’s 10,000m in a Continental Tour meeting on home soil in Hengelo.
The previous record of 29:17.45 was set at the 2016 Rio Olympics by Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana but the Dutch long-distance runner, Hassan, clocked 29min 06.82sec which is more than 10 seconds off that mark at the Hengelo meet.
Hassan was aided by technology that lit up the track on world record pace as she ran.
This was the fourth career world record for Hassan, who was coached by the now-banned Alberto Salazar.
The reigning world champion over 1500m and 10,000m has also posted world records over one mile, one-hour and 5km on the road.
Last October, she smashed Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing European record for the women’s 10,000m.