Laura Muir secures 1500m gold at the Commonwealth Games

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Photo credit: Michael Steele
Photo credit: Michael Steele

Laura Muir secures 1500m gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham – her second medal of the competition, after bagging a bronze in the 800m.

The Scot ran a tactical and gutsy race, holding back during the first two laps before making a sensational break with 500m to go. At that point, no competitor could respond, despite a fantastic effort from Northern Ireland's Ciara Mageean. Muir took the title in 4:02.76, with Mageean second in 4:04.14 and Abbey Caldwell of Australia third in 4:04.79.

After finishing 11th in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games back in 2014, the 29-year-old has gone from strength to strength over the last eight years, and come back a far stronger and more experienced athlete.

When asked afterwards what she'd say to her 23-year-old-self, she respond: 'Your time will come.'

'It's rotten at the time but you learn from it and come back stronger,' she continued. 'It sounds cheesy but you do. This meant a lot to me running here because missing the Gold Coast [Commonwealth Games in 2018], it's been eight years of Commonwealths, so it's been bugging me. It's been so nice to come here and and not just get one but two [medals] and in such competitors fields.'

Eilish McColgan also secured her second medal of the competition – 5000m silver – having already taken 10,000m gold. The race came down to a fight for the top three spots between herself and Kenyan compatriots Beatrice Chebet and Selah Busienei. As ever, McColgan left everything out on the track to take silver in 14:42.14, with Chebet finishing four seconds ahead in 14:38.21, with Busienei in 14:48.24.

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