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Hassan goes for distance double at worlds

Dutch runner Sifan Hassan will shoot for a long-distance double at the world athletics championships.

Hassan, who claimed a 5000 and 10000 metres double at last year’s Olympics in Tokyo as well as winning 1500m bronze, will go for the two longer distances in Eugene.

At the last world championships in 2019 in Doha, she won the 1500m and 10,000m.

Hassan will go in the 10000m final at the worlds on Saturday, with the 5000m heats taking place next Wednesday, three days before the final.

Meanwhile, Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala says he is “positive” that he will compete in Eugene, despite receiving his visa to travel to the United States less than 24 hours before the event.

Omanyala, who is on the entry list for the 100 metres, initially announced that he would not take part because of a delay in getting a visa.

“Onto the next flight to Oregon,” Omanyala, who will travel from Nairobi, said on Twitter. “Am positive that I will compete.”

A spokesperson for Omanyala said the Kenyan sprinter will arrive about three hours before his 100m heat on Friday.

The BBC reported that Athletics Kenya executive member Barnabas Korir was holding talks with World Athletics about the possibility of staging a solo heat if Omanyala did not arrive on time.

Omanyala set the African men’s 100 metres record after clocking a time of 9.77 seconds at the Kip Keino Classic meeting in Nairobi in September 2021.

The 26-year-old won the African 100m title last month and was the first Kenyan to qualify for the Olympic 100m semi-finals in Tokyo last year.

He said he will also be taking part at the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in the English city of Birmingham from July 28.

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