Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan had a dream debut as a participant in a U.S. Marathon as she stunned the world and won the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. In the process she also set an unofficial course record.
“Just so grateful. I’m so happy. But the last 5 kilometres, I was telling myself: “Never again!”.”Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan after setting an unofficial record to win the Chicago Marathon
The two-time Olympic medalist and three-time world champion managed to race her way to a victory with an unofficial time of 2:13:44, topping the course record of 2:14:04, which was set by Brigid Kosgei in 2019 and was a world record at the time.
Hassan, who outpaced two-time Ruth Chepngetich, says she chose to make her U.S. debut in Chicago because she heard it was a “beautiful city.”
Sifan, clearly one to watch and be wary of in many races to come, made her marathon debut in London last April and won with a national record, despite stopping twice to stretch.
While she did not stretch on the Chicago course, she topped the course record of 2:14:04, which was set by Brigid Kosgei in 2019 and was a world record at the time.
A regular at shattering records, Hassan won this year’s London Marathon by finishing in 2:18:33. Her win set the Dutch national record of the fastest women’s marathon time.
Photo Caption: The Netherlands’s Sifan Hassan has stunned the world in her US marathon debut, setting an unofficial course record in the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and also outpacing defending champion Ruth Chepngetich in the process. Photo: World Athletics on Instagram