Dutch long-distance runner Sifan Hassan broke the women’s 10,000m world record on Sunday, clocking 29 minutes 6.82 seconds, World Athletics said.

She achieved the feat in a Continental Tour meeting on home soil in Hengelo.

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana held the previous record of 29:17.45, set at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but Hassan shaved more than 10 seconds off that mark.

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Hassan, who is the reigning world champion having won gold in Doha in 2019, set down a marker before next month’s Tokyo Games blowing away the competition and sprinting solo across the line with her arms outstretched in celebration.

“Wow, to run this world record here today in Hengelo is something I could only dream of,” the Ethiopian-born Hassan said.

“It’s the perfect confirmation of the hard work we’ve put in getting ready for Tokyo. I am so happy to share this record in front of my Dutch fans.”

Hassan, 28, also holds the record for the mile, one-hour event and five-kilometre road race.

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