|Is Hassan the Sports Most Versatile Runner?|
By Harry Cummins
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and the Nike Oregon Project, broke the long standing women's world record in the mile this week in Monte Carlo, running a stunning 4:12.33 in a Diamond League meet.
The race was named the Brave Like Gabe Mile and dedicated to U.S. runner Gabe Grunewald, who died last month at the age of 32. Hassan bested the previous world best of 4:12.56, set in Zurich in 1996 by Russian Svelana Masterkova.
It was the second world record set in 2019 by an athlete coached by Alberto Salazar. Yomif Kejelcha broke the men's indoor mile world record in Boston in March.
Hassan can now lay claim to the title as the most versatile runner in her sport. In the past two years, she has shattered records in events from 800 meters all the way to the half-marathon. Her greatest challenge may be in simply mapping out the best possible distance in which to capture World and Olympic medals in the months ahead.
Just last month, Hassan shattered the 17 year-old European record at 3,000 meters in winning the Prefontaine Classic at Stanford.