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Laura Muir wins second gold in European Indoor Athletics

Monday, 6 March 2017 :  Britain’s Laura Muir and Asha Philip won gold at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade.

Muir, 23, gained her second gold of the championships with victory in the 3,000m on Sunday following her 1500m win the previous day.

The Scot eased away from the rest of the field to break the championship record in eight minutes 35.68 seconds.

Muir’s team-mate Eilish McColgan won bronze in the 3,000m, while Shelayna Oskan-Clarke was edged into silver by winner Selina Buchel of Switzerland in a thrilling women’s 800m final.

Robbie Grabarz took silver in the men’s high jump after losing a jump-off for gold against Sylwester Bednarek of Poland, with Lorraine Ugen also winning silver in the women’s long jump.

Eilidh Doyle, Philippa Lowe, Mary Iheke and Laviai Nielsen took silver in the women’s 4x400m relay behind Poland, who won four golds in total on the final day to top the medal table ahead of Britain.

Muir won her second major title in as many days by again setting a new championship record, having also beaten Dame Kelly Holmes’ British record in her 1500m victory on Saturday.

She became the first British athlete since Colin Jackson in Paris in 1994 to win two gold medals in individual events at a single European Indoor Championships.

This victory also makes Muir the first runner to win the 1500m and 3,000m double since Poland’s Lidia Chojecka at Birmingham 2007.

After keeping pace with Can out in the front for most of the race, Muir surged clear with just under two laps to go to win by almost eight seconds.

“It was my first time doubling up so I didn’t know how my body would cope – I was just hoping I could deliver and I’m delighted,” Muir told BBC Sport.

McColgan, 26, passed Maureen Koster of the Netherlands in the final stages to win her first senior medal, while team-mate Steph Twell finished fifth.

Source : Internet

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