Track Snacks: Sifan Hassan (5000m and 10000m Olympic Champion)

Happy Friday! This is the third edition of Track Snacks – a mini-series taking you into the weekend where Chris Chavez and a fellow CITIUS MAG staffer share the story of an athlete who they’re excited about right now that you can expect to see compete at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 (July 15–24, 2022).

For this episode, Dana Giordano (Host of the ‘More Than Running’ Podcast) joins me to chat about Sifan Hassan. She is the reigning Olympic champion in the 5000m and the 10,000m and the Olympic bronze medalist in the 1500m. Hassan burst onto the scene in 2014 as she started putting The Netherlands on the podium at European championships. In the last eight years, she’s gone on to break world records in the mile, road 5K and one-hour run. She’s got some of the best range in the sport and demonstrated it best at the 2019 World Championships in Doha where she became the first person to win gold in the 1500m and 10,000m. At the Tokyo Olympics, she attempted an unprecedented triple. We’re excited to see if she can do it all over again in 2022.

Track Snacks is sponsored by @HaywardMagic – the Instagram home for the true track & field diehards, dreamers and fans. They’re sharing the magic of the sport and elevating the athletes that push it forward. Follow them on Instagram @HaywardMagic.

Everyone knows how much all of us in the CITIUS MAG family love track & field, and how much we enjoy sharing that love with you all. Well, we’ve got a few big love-sharing ideas in the works and it all takes place in Eugene, Oregon this summer. Hayward Field will be the home to the Prefontaine Classic, the USATF Outdoor Championships and the World Athletics Championships. We’ll be there and you should be too. Visit for all the information on dates and tickets.

Intro music: “Believe In Yourself” by Norm Cotone

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Chris Chavez

Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.