Sifan Hassan Miraculously Wins Olympics Race Despite Falling During Final Lap

Dutch Olympic star Sifan Hassan completed a remarkable recovery to win her heat in the women's 1,500m in Tokyo after falling with just 380 meters of the race to go.

The long-distance runner's hopes of claiming a medal in the event appeared to be all but over after she was left as much as 25 meters off her fellow competitors with the finish line almost in sight.

Hassan was tripped over with less than a third of the race to go after another athlete tumbled to the ground just in front of her, resulting in an unfortunate tangle of legs.

Undeterred, the Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman quickly jumped to her feet and continued on.

The reigning world 1,500m champion has set her sights on achieving an unprecedented treble of gold medal wins in the 1,500m, 5,000m and 10,000m at these Games.

Eager to keep her dream alive, Hassan was able to kick her efforts up a gear, quickly eating up the track between her and the main pack of runners.

By the time she crossed the finish line, the 28-year-old had made up the difference and then some, eventually catching up and overtaking the front runner, who had been 30 metres ahead when Hassan first fell.

Dutch runner Sifan Hassan falls.
Sifan Hassan falls while competing in the Women's 1500m Round 1 at the Tokyo Olympics - incredibly the Dutch runner recovered to win. Andy Astfalck/BSR Agency/Getty Images

There was even time to ease up the pace in the closing moments, having safely secured a place in Wednesday's semi-finals.

She ultimately finished the race in 4:05.17 with data later revealing that Hassan ran the last 300 meters of the heat in just 43.7 seconds.

Sifan Hassan's final lap splits 👀
last 400m - 61.1 (includes the fall)
last 300m - 43.8
last 200m - 29.6
last 100m - 15.2

— FloTrack (@FloTrack) August 2, 2021

Footage of the Olympian's incredible efforts soon went viral on social media, with fans and pundits alike praising the Dutch athlete's superhuman powers of recovery.

US sports analyst and talk show host Gary Gottlieb shared a clip of Hassan's comeback on Twitter, writing: "Everyone gets knocked down... the question is who gets back up..."

Everyone gets knocked down… the question is who gets back up… watch this! Safan Hassan! pic.twitter.com/RYnjUlGZHZ

— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) August 2, 2021

Civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifil described her as "an inspiration" while journalist Javed Hassan called it "the most extraordinary feat."

This is everything! @SifanHassan is an inspiration! https://t.co/PmK4n0ibAz

— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) August 2, 2021

The most extraordinary feat achieved by Dutch star Sifan Hassan makes this probably the most inspiring moment of #Olympics2020

Sifan falls just before the bell in the first round of the women’s 1,500m. The she amazingly gets back up and wins her heat in 4:05.17!

She’s gold! pic.twitter.com/v8s2ZY6TZ1

— Javed Hassan (@javedhassan) August 2, 2021

U.S. OIympian Clayton Murphy, meanwhile, wrote: "Sifan. Hassan. That's my tweet."

Sifan. Hassan. That’s my tweet.

— Clayton Murphy (@Clayton_Murph) August 2, 2021

Many others saw her efforts as a prime example of why you should never give up.

This is an incredible recovery by the #Netherlands’ Sifan #Hassan who fell down with a lap to go in the 1500m, got up, and won her heat.

pic.twitter.com/oA1OFFeAct

— Paul Almeida (@AzorcanGlobal) August 2, 2021

Dutch star Sifan Hassan (who is attempting to win gold in the 1,500, 5K and 10K) falls just before the bell in the first round of the women’s 1,500m.

BUT…she gets back up and wins her heat in 4:05.17.

WHAT?! #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/riUa5sjZxJ

— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) August 2, 2021

Never give up!

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands tripped with one lap to go in a preliminary heat of the women's 1500m but got back up to continue the race.

She ended up winning her heat to advance. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/gU536XvyHg

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 2, 2021

Sifan Hassan is....ready.

I've never seen anything as impressive as that in a 1500 heat. Falls with 380 to go, rolls, loses 25-30 metres, gets up, still wins.

— Cathal Dennehy (@Cathal_Dennehy) August 2, 2021

As if running the triple wasn't enough, Sifan Hassan (in orange) goes down hard with one lap to go in her 1500m prelim, but gets up and manages to win the race. She covered the last 300m in 43.8, and will run the 5,000m final in less than 12 hours. #Tokyo2020 #Athletics pic.twitter.com/5EXTCEOs0I

— Fast Women (@fast_women) August 2, 2021

Despite the stunning bounce back, Hassan's efforts could yet come at a cost.

Going into the heat, Hassan would have been hoping to conserve as much energy as possible as she goes in pursuit of three gold medals and appeared to be doing exactly that just prior to her dramatic fall.

She is due to compete in the final of the 5,000m later today with the 10,000m to come later this week.

Newsweek has reached out to Hassan's representatives for further comment.