Confident Muir storms to second world indoor medal

Confident Muir storms to second world indoor medal

03 March 2018 / 21:52

It's about time. That was all Laura Muir could think about as she celebrated her second world indoor medal in the space of 48 hours.

For so long the podium had eluded the Scot on the global stage but, with a 1500m silver to go alongside Thursday’s 3000m bronze, any nagging demons have certainly been laid to rest.

With each stride came a new air of confidence for Muir, already a double European champion, but it was the world stage which she had long desired to conquer.

She had to work hard for it though, joining an early break with champion Genzebe Dibaba and Sifan Hassan despite the toll that had already been put on her legs in Birmingham.

Coming passed Hassan there was a glimmer of hope for gold, though Dibaba held firm and then some to claim her second gold, leaving Muir to stop the clock in a time of 4:06.23.

“That bronze gave me that confidence to show I can battle it out with these girls, to control the race, in that last lap I just went for it,” she said.

“I didn’t dare look back, I run as hard as I can and that wasn’t going to be different whether we had broken away or not, I just ran as hard as I could until that finish line.

“I didn’t know until the finish line whether or not I was going to have it or not, Hassan is a top-quality athlete and multiple medallist on the world stage so I didn’t take anything for granted once I had passed her.

“The competition is so tough so I thought one medal would be good, but to get two and win a silver, I’m just so pleased.

“It’s such a confidence boost, I was fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh in global Championships prior to this, I knew it was about time to get on that podium and I’ve done that here.

“I hope to try and continue the veterinary work alongside it, maybe with charity, but I’ll have more recovery between sessions and hopefully have a chance for more training trips which will be really useful.”

Muir’s second medal of the weekend took Great Britain to four medals in three days of action in Birmingham, with Eilidh Doyle joining her on the podium after a 400m bronze.

Just getting to the final was seen as a big mark for the 31-year-old, who was previously yet to win an individual world medal after a plethora of team honours, including Olympic 4x400m relay bronze at Rio 2016.

But she was after far more and got it too, offering a gutsy performance to register a season’s best 51.60 seconds effort, finishing only behind Courtney Okolo and Shakima Wimbley.

For a while it seemed another bronze would be added to the tally, as Elliot Giles was awarded third place in the 800m.

But an appeal from Drew Windle saw his disqualification overturned, returning to the silver medal position as Giles was forced to settle for fourth amid the confusion.

"You have to play with the set of cards that you’ve been dealt, I got caught out a few times but there are no excuses,” said Giles prior to being temporarily awarded the bronze medal.

“The guys put themselves in better positions but I’m gutted, I felt like I could have won a medal but there’s no point me saying that because I didn’t.

“It’s tough, it was messy, I could tell it would be scrappy but I thought I would sit in as opposed to go around. I was in third heading into the last bend but stood up instead of leaning forward, saw someone come straight past me and it’s gut-wrenching.

“It’s part of the process, if you don’t lose then you don’t get to the top one day, hopefully this is part of what’s meant to be.”

Sunday’s action will see the competition draw to an end in Birmingham, with British teams in action in both the 4x400m relays.

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