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Sifan Hassan wins Copenhagen Half-Marathon, sets new European record

Another stellar result for Hassan, who excelled at both the Diamond League and Euro Championships this summer

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands has won the Copenhagen Half-Marathon in her half-marathon debut, setting a new European record with a time of 1:05:15. 

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It’s a phenomenal result for Hassan, who is coming off a second-place finish at Zurich Diamond League in the 5,000m on August 29, a gold medal in the same event at the European Championships on August 12, and a huge win in the 1,200m at London Diamond League in July.

Ababel Yeshaneh Brihane of Ethiopia finished second, in 1:05:46, and Joan Chelimo Melly of Kenya was third, in 1:06:15.

The men’s race was very close, with the top three all finishing in sub-60: Daniel Kipchumba of Kenya is the winner in 59:06. Hard on Kipchumba’s heels was Abrahm Kiptum in 59:09, with Jemal Yimer Mekonnen of Ethiopia in third, with 59:14.

Americans Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay had been planning on running Copenhagen, but last week Rupp, who has been battling some soreness in his  decided to save himself for Chicago, and Hasay followed suit.