Sifan Hassan comfortably broke the European 10,000 metres record ©Getty Images

Dutch star Sifan Hassan has shattered the European 10,000 meters record, taking more than 24 seconds off Paula Radcliffe's continental best which had stood for 18 years.

Racing in Hengelo in The Netherlands, Hassan covered the distance in 29min 36.67sec.

Britiain's Radcliffe ran 30:01.09 at the 2002 European Championships in Munich.

Hassan had been targeting a world record but had to settle for a European best in torrid, wet conditions, although her time was the fourth-fastest ever run.

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia set the women's 10,000m world record - 29:17.45 - at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Hassan, who last month set a new world record for distance covered in one hour, benefitted from Wavelight technology.

That technology sees a series of lights on the inside rail of the track indicate to the athlete the ideal pace they should be running.

Hassan broke the world one-hour record earlier this year ©Getty Images
Hassan broke the world one-hour record earlier this year ©Getty Images

It helped Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda set a new men's 10,000m record earlier this week.

"I am so happy to have run a new European record, especially a record that has stood for so long by such a strong athlete as Paula," Hassan said.

"It was a very difficult race today as it was so cold and wet.

"I was feeling really strong today and wished for a bit better conditions, but this record gives me a lot of confidence."

Hasan is the world champion over 10,000m and 1500m, as well as holding the mile world record.

She was coached by Alberto Salazar from 2016 until he was banned for four years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency during last year's World Athletics Championships.