Laura Muir storms to world indoor silver in Birmingham

Sheri Evans
March 5, 2018

A pair of former Kansas State track and field standouts will compete in the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England, this weekend.

Laura Muir took a gutsy silver medal in the women's 1500 metres at the World Indoor Championships on Saturday.

Muir went into this event as the double European indoor champion but her global record against tougher opposition had previously been less convincing.

Liz's daughter Eilish was Muir's team-mate here and, like Muir, is doubling up at 1500m. "I've been there or thereabouts and thought it's time I get on a podium and I've done a double here".

With 400m to run it was Hassan in second and Muir third, however, the British 3000m champion had a determined look of intent and after manoeuvring past the Dutch athlete, she was not going to relinquish second and held on to cross the line and clinch silver in 4:06.23.

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia became the third athlete to win the women's 3000m title at the IAAF World Indoor Championships on at least three occasions in an exciting climax to the first day which had a sparse but enthusiastic home crowd cheering the narrow but growing possibility of a home victor in Laura Muir on the last lap.

"I've finished fourth, sixth and seventh in world finals before so to win two medals this time around is incredible; it is about time", Muir told BBC Sport. The Ethiopian's 400m up to the bell was a vicious 62.43 and she was now clear but Hassan and Muir were in hot pursuit and began to close along the back straight.

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Muir will have another medal chance in the 1500m, with the heats on Friday ahead of Saturday's final. This is a great competition and the race was fantastic.

With the field of 10 starting out at a slow pace Ethiopia's Dibaba moved to the front to inject some pace and went through 600m in 1:49. "I've raced a lot indoors and done well, I'm in my comfort zone". "It was very close but I had to play my cards right".

Like Dibaba, Hassan and Muir, Houlihan will also be back in action tomorrow evening in the 1500m heats.

"I'm surprised I wasn't good in 2017 but 2018 is my time". It was eventually Muir who hung on for bronze, a first global medal. I had to dig in on that last lap. I did not intend to lead, just to stay out of trouble and then it was a case of following the pace and trying to run on the inside but stay in contact and wait for the move. "I don't feel too much pressure but hopefully I can put on a show and work the crowd, that would be nice".

Kenya's Hellen Onsando Obiri reacts after winning the final of the women's 5000m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 13, 2017. Other British athletes who have ambitions of adding to the medal tally are Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Andrew Pozzi in the 60m hurdles and both Dina Asher-Smith and CJ Ujah over 60m.

"I've been fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh so to come away with a bronze I'm so pleased".

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