The Dutch athlete beat Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey and Agnes Jebet Tirop of Kenya to win her maiden outdoor long-distance title on Saturday (September 28), but her gold medal has now been cast in the shadows after Salazar was issued a four-year ban.
Salazar, who is also Mo Farah’s former coach, was banned following a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) and two years of court rulings.
Usada banned the former marathon runner for “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct” as head coach of the Nike Oregon Project – which Farah was a part of between 2011 and 2017.
Reigning 5,000 and 10,000 Olympic champion Farah split with Salazar in 2017 – the year the coach was first charged by Usada – and has never failed a drugs test.
There is also no suggestion that Dutch middle and long-distance specialist Hassan has broken any doping rules
Hassan joined the Nike Oregon Project in 2016.