A unified group launched on the last lap of the women’s 10,000m final.
Then Dutchman Sivan Hasan, the two-time first-place finisher, water cycle and Olympic gold on the merit list, achieved the highest speed.
In the race, there was a duel between her and Godaf Tsegaye of Ethiopia. Hassan had a tight lead still two meters away when the impossible happened.
Sevan Hassan fell to the ground.
– Oh, oh, what a drama, says TV4 commentator Johan Edlund.
– Racing was a sleeping pill for as long as possible, but it was exciting at the end.
Hassan was bloody beaten and crossed the finish line at the age of eleven. The star told TV4 she could file a protest.
– I was put on at the last moment, but that’s what happens in sports, she tells the channel.
It was an Ethiopian trio of Tsigi, Letsenpet Gedi and Egyyehu Tay.
The only Swede, Sarah Lahti of Klippan, finished 18th in a new season’s best: 33:09.22.
Fell again – and washed off
Soon after it became another Dutch nightmare.
The mixed team in the long relay was on their way to the gold medal, when Fimk Poll fell in the last stretch just before the finish line.
– Is there a malfunction in the tracks? exclaims Johan Edlund.
Instead, the USA won the gold with a new world record, and the Netherlands had to settle for the bronze.
After the end, news came that the entire team had been cleared for wrongful substitution by Vemke Paul.
– I’m so sorry, Paul says.
Instead, Great Britain took the silver and the Czech Republic the bronze.
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