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After a series of near-misses at previous IAAF World Athletics Championships, Sifan Hassan finally broke through in Doha tonight, by stepping up to run only her second 10,000m race.
The Dutch distance queen has had an exceptional year, setting both a world 5km record on the road and a world mile record on the track on the way to winning her first world title in 30:17.33 with a dominant final 1500m of the race being covered in 3:59.
Hassan has shown extraordinary versatility in the past year, clocking world-class times from 1500m to the half-marathon, and said her strategy tonight was to stay in touch with the leaders long enough to have the chance to unleash her superior sprinting speed on the last lap.
And so it proved as she took the lead from the eventual runner-up, Ethiopia’s 21-year-old Letesenbet Gidey, at the bell and dashed away to victory with a 61 second final lap.
"I know I am more of a 1500m and 5km runner, so if I could get close I would have enough to win," she said. "She (Gidey) kept trying to kick but in the last 800m I knew I had it."
Hassan has set herself up for a golden double this week, and she confirmed after tonight's race that she will now turn her attention to the 5000m.
Australia's Ellie Pashley and Sinead Diver set new personal bests in the 10,000m, with Pashley finishing in 13th place, clocking an Olympic qualifier of 31:18.89, and Diver just behind in 14th, running 31:25.49.
Christian Coleman won the 100m in a new personal best of 9.76 seconds from Justin Gatlin (9.89) and Andre De Grasse (9.90)
Jamaica's Tajay Gayle produced the biggest leap in the world for 10 years, 8.69m, to win the long jump title. The performance from the 23-year-old was a Commonwealth Record and the 10th longest of all-time.
"I just focused on one thing. I did not let anything disturb or distract me, I was focusing on what I was supposed to do, that was the main thing," Gayle said.
"Yesterday, I was overthinking some stuff. But there is nothing to think about on the run-up. This 8.69m jump was a perfect jump for me. I am very grateful for that, I am the first Jamaican to give my country a gold medal in the long jump."
"Finally, I got the gold I was dreaming about for many years," said 50km walk champion, Yasuke Suzuki of Japan, who recorded a time of 4:04:20.
"I could not compete for the past three years and today, it was the moment of the glory, of my comeback.
"Next year, I will try to do the same in Tokyo to get my first Olympic medal. It is a pleasure to show my performance.
"It was not easy today but I have been walking and keeping in mind that I still want to be the number one in the world. I kept the effort and the crowd shouted my name. It was amazing and it drove me to the finish line. I would like to have this feeling one more time again in my life."
US hammer-thrower DeAnna Price took out the hammer with a third-round throw of 77.54m.
"It feels absolutely amazing, having the chance to represent my country, to bring back that gold medal home and to my family," Price said.
"It is stressful to go in as the world leader. My coach is also very hard on me. He is also my husband. He told me to get in there and attack, not leave any single chance. He is absolutely amazing and that last throw, I broke down. It's never me, it's we. We all in this together. We are world champions.
"This is not country versus country. We are all trying to be the best that we can be and I just want to be a great athlete and a great person. I can't be more thankful for this chance and opportunity to be world champion this year. Hopefully, I am able to represent (the country) well and get ready for Tokyo next year."
"We all tried the best to finish this race which was very very tough because of the temperature and the humidity," said 50km walk victor Rui Liang, who recorded a time of 4:23:26.
"Before the start, I knew it was going to be hot. But I was a bit surprised at the beginning. My coach told me to start slowly and use the ice. I think it helped a lot."