As you, by now, are probably well aware, Sifan Hassan’s bid to do what no runner has ever done — win the 1,500m, 5,000m, and 10,000m in the same Olympic Games — is off to a banging start. After the Dutch track star fell in the last lap of her heat of the the 1,500, she not only got back up to win her heat but later that day won the gold medal in the 5,000m. The world of track was shocked, and so was Hassan.
“I used all my energy this morning and I was kind of tired,” she told reporters after the V. “I couldn’t believe what happened. It was terrible when I tripped.”
“I felt terrible afterwards and I never thought I am going to be Olympic champion.”
Phase one: Completed.
But there is far more to be done. Here is a step-by-step of what Hassan will have to do next in order to achieve the treble and the challenges she’ll have to overcome.