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Sifan Hassan wins the 5,000 meters. Onto the next one.

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TOKYO — One gold medal down. Two to go.

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won the women’s 5,000 meters on Monday, the first leg of her Olympic quest.

In Tokyo, Hassan is trying to do something extraordinary and uniquely painful: win the 1,500, the 5,000 and the 10,000 meters. The 5,000 was her first chance for a medal, and she carefully maneuvered through the field before seizing control with about 200 meters to go, sprinting to the win in 14 minutes 36.79 seconds.

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