We just received a release from Global Sports Communications.
Hassan's management team wrote:
Sifan Hassan decides to end her season early
After a short but tiring season, athlete Sifan Hassan has decided not to participate in World Athletics Half Marathon Championships is Gdynia, Poland. Sifan Hassan, who broke the European Record on the 10,000 meters last weekend in Hengelo, decided with her coach Tim Rowberry to end the season early. After a short vacation, she’ll start preparing for the Olympic season.
Sifan: “It has been a tough year, the uncertainty of competitions going ahead was always part of my training regime. To focus and push yourself every day in training is difficult, especially when you don’t know if it will be possible to deliver performances in a competition environment. The season was short, but the lead up to it was long. Therefore I decided to give myself some rest and focus for next year. I want to make sure I will be in top shape physically and mentally next year at the Olympic Games. I am very proud of my performances this season, the world hour record and the European record this weekend. Those results give me good faith that I am able to reach my highest potential, also in uncertain times. Therefore I look forward to next year with a lot of confidence.”
This is disappointing for me as a fan.
Plus looking at it from a coaching/management perspective, it's disappointing as well as I'd want to truly see where she's at endurance wise. She really needs to decide what she wants to do in Tokyo. 5k/1500? 5k/10k? or 1500/10k?
Her favorite event is the 1500 so you'd like that event to be first but the 1500 is in the middle of the week.
I hope she goes 1500/10k. The 10k final is the day after the 1500 final. That way you get to run the 1500 uninterrupted. Yes, it might be hard to emotionally get yourself up to run the 10k the day after the 1500 but then again you are dealing with house money at that point. It would be legendary to see the 1500 and 5k gold medallists clashing in the 10k, particularly if the 5000 gold medallist is the WR holder Gidey.