Sifan Hassan’s schedule on the Olympic track looks more like a list of punishments drawn up by a very angry physical education teacher.
Six distance races in eight days, consisting of three 1,500-meter runs, two 5,000s, and a 10,000 to top it off. Run two of the races on the same day, and two others on back-to-back days.
And do them all in the sapping heat and humidity of the Tokyo summer.
“Crazy ideas,” Hassan said, acknowledging the track itinerary she’s considering verges on insanity. “But sometimes I’m just careless and I don’t care.
“Right now … if you can see inside my mind, you will think I’m crazy or something.”
The proposed schedule isn’t the result of a whole lot of long-term planning either from the world champion in the 1,500 and 10,000, who was born in Ethiopia but competes for the Netherlands. Rather, it was conceived after some unexpected late form in the 1,500 a few weeks ago.