TOKYO — On the finish of 24,500 meters of arduous operating in six races over 9 days, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands stood alone earlier than tumbling to the observe, disbelief etched throughout her face.
On Saturday, Hassan gained the ladies’s 10,000 meters on the Tokyo video games to tug off a unprecedented feat, successful medals in three grueling occasions: the 1,500, the 5,000 and the ten,000 meters.
In her ultimate occasion of the Olympics, Hassan outkicked Kalkidan Gezahegne of Bahrain, who was second, and Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, who drifted to 3rd. Gidey holds the world report within the occasion, however even she was no match for Hassan, who completed in 29 minutes 55.32 seconds.
Hassan, 28, was about 24 hours faraway from successful the bronze within the girls’s 1,500 meters on Friday evening. She had tried to push the tempo in that race earlier than faltering late as Religion Kipyegon of Kenya defended her title from the 2016 Olympics. Afterward, Hassan stated she was happy.
“I attempted my greatest,” she stated, “however I couldn’t do greater than this.”
That she was even trying to medal in three taxing occasions was a singular feat of endurance — one thing no athlete has completed. Take into account, too, that she had fallen in her semifinal warmth of the 1,500 meters on Monday — on the ultimate lap, no much less.
She bounced again up and methodically labored her well beyond the pack to win. Later that day, she raced away from the sphere the 5,000 meters to say her first gold of the Video games.
On Friday, after her third-place end within the 1,500, Hassan acknowledged that she was “careworn daily.” And drained. So very drained. She was relieved, she stated, that she had just one race left to give attention to. In a method, her thoughts was uncluttered for the ten,000 meters. It confirmed.
The race rapidly become a battle of attrition in sizzling and muggy situations. Three runners dropped out earlier than the race was midway over. With 13 laps remaining, simply seven runners out of a discipline of 29 remained within the lead pack.
Then 5. Then 4. Because the carnage performed out, Hassan tucked herself behind Gidey and Hellen Obiri of Kenya, simply forward of Gezahegne in fourth. Finally, Obiri succumbed to the weather and the tempo, and dropped off the again, too.
On the primary flip of the ultimate lap, Hassan pulled herself onto the proper shoulder of Gidey, and sprinted away — straight towards historical past.
Vashti Cunningham had one purpose coming into the Tokyo Video games.
At 23, she had gained nationwide championships and an indoor world title. An Olympic medal, ideally gold, was subsequent in sight for the athlete whose father and coach, Randall Cunningham, was an N.F.L. quarterback for 16 seasons. Her mom, Felicity Cunningham, was a ballerina with the Dance Theater of Harlem.
However Cunningham couldn’t get increased than 1.96 meters, six centimeters under her private greatest. She hit the bar on her ultimate try at two meters and that was that.
Cunningham might do no higher than sixth.
The gold medal got here all the way down to a three-way battle between Nicola McDermott, an Australian who screamed on the high her lungs earlier than making every try within the ultimate rounds, Mariya Lasitskene of Russia, a former world champion, and Yaroslava Mahuchikh of Ukraine, the reigning world champion.
Lasitskene prevailed with a soar of two.04 meters, with McDermott in second and Mahuchikh in third.