Laura Muir Wins Bronze In The 3000m At The World Indoor Championships

Athletics Farcical scenes as Maslak wins gold after top two disqualified

The 24-year-old took up the early running as Dibaba made a poor start but it was Dibaba who stretched her legs with a well timed surge and the Ethiopian ultimately produced a quite exceptional final 1500m to romp to gold, with the Ethiopian-born Dutch runner, Sifan Hassan, bustling out Muir on the line to snatch silver.

He won the 60m British title on the same track in Birmingham in February but only came fifth in 6.57 seconds at the Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow on Sunday.

Hassan trains as a member of the Nike Oregon Project.

After winning double European indoor gold this time a year ago, Muir says the past few days have proven she can compete with the very best in the world.

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.

USA champion Shelby Houlihan, who trains with the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club, closed hard to take fifth in 8:50.38.

After an uneventful first kilometer which was covered in a pedestrian 3:14.67, noted front-runner Konstanze Klosterhalfen -who broke the 30-year-old German indoor record with a solo effort of 8:36.01 at her domestic championships in Dortmund two weeks ago- was the first of the 14 finalists to move to the front with any goal.

She is now a serious competitor on the world stage and seems likely to improve, especially once she finishes her veterinary studies in May.

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She undertook a six-hour taxi journey to get to Birmingham on Wednesday as Britain's roads felt the impact of the freezing temperatures and heavy snow. 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.

Doyle battled Wimbley for the inside track space with 200 metres to go and took up a strong position, only for Wimbley to hunt her down in the home straight with Okolo in a class of her own. "I tried for the silver but I'm over the moon given the calibre of athlete in that race". "It's not my preferred event so to do this is really incredible".

He said: 'My aim is a medal, that's what I am hoping for.

"Being so close to silver [in the 3,000m], after that race I knew I was in similar shape to Hassan and I could get the silver and beat her".

The semi-finals in the women's 60m are due to take place at 6.50pm on Friday night.

Muir is missing the Commonwealth Games to concentrate on her exams.

The women's 60m hurdles looks likely to be one of the closest competitions of the Championships, and may quite possibly feature three United States athletes in the medal positions given the presence of world 100m hurdles record holder Kendra Harrison, Christine Manning and Sharika Nelvis, who leads the women's rankings this season after setting a 7.70sec national record at the trials in Albuquerque. Those five or six-hundredths of a second could be crucial on Sunday.

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