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Here’s What Sifan Hassan Will Have to Do Next to Complete Historic Triple

One-third of Hassan’s never-before done bid to win the 1500, 5,000, and 10,000 has been cinched. Here is a play-by-play of what she needs to do next and the challenges she'll face.


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Australian 5,000m Olympian Morgan McDonald Steps Up to a New Level


In 2016 when Morgan McDonald sat down to discuss his running goals with his college coaches Mick Byrne and Gavin Kennedy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he said he was aiming to make it to the Olympics. 

“They kind of, like, laughed at me,” recalls McDonald. 

But that hackneyed saying about “shooting for the moon” is a cliché for a reason. That year ended up being a breakthrough season for McDonald, skyrocketing him from a very good runner in the Big Ten conference to nationally recognized name in the NCAA underscored by a 5th-place finish in the 5,000-meter at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. 

He ended up missing the qualifying time for the Australian Olympic team in the 5,000m by a mere 4 seconds, smashing his previous PB by over 30 seconds with a 13:29. (He needed 13:25 to qualify.) 

Despite falling short of making the 2016 Rio team, it was a far cry from failure. McDonald went on to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in 2017 after running the sixth fastest 5,000m time in Australian history (13:15.83). He’s qualified for Worlds every year since, won the 2018 NCAA cross country championship and the indoor and outdoor 5,000m titles — and signed with Under Armor in 2019 after graduating from UW-Madison.

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