Listen

News 88.9 KNPR
Classical 89.7 KCNV

member station

NPR
Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics

An Olympic Runner Fell During The Last Lap Of The 1,500. She Still Won The Race

1023586915_61116792.jpg

Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan wins the race in the first round of women's 1,500 meter heats at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.
Matthias Hangst, Getty Images

Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan wins the race in the first round of women's 1,500 meter heats at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.

TOKYO — Dutch distance runner Sifan Hassan was entering the final lap of her 1,500 meter heat when the runner in front of her tripped, bringing Hassan crashing to the ground.

Suddenly well behind the leaders, she stood up and turned on the gas.

Eleven of the world's fastest runners stood between her and victory. With astonishing drive, she blazed by them one by one, rapidly making up ground.

On the final straightaway, Hassan surged and passed the front pack of five runners. She'd won the heat. You can watch her comeback here.

Hassan, 28, will compete in the semi-final of the 1,500 meter on Wednesday. She came to the Games aiming to make history with golds in the 1,500 meter, 5,000 meter, and 10,000 meter – something no man or woman has done at a single Olympics.

Because she pulled off the unbelievable today, she's still on track.

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Support comes from

You won’t find a paywall here. Come as often as you like — we’re not counting. You’ve found a like-minded tribe that cherishes what a free press stands for.  If you can spend another couple of minutes making a pledge of as little as $5, you’ll feel like a superhero defending democracy for less than the cost of a month of Netflix.

More Stories