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Laura Muir breaks British 1500m indoor record despite finishing distant second

Laura Muir launched her Olympic year in style by smashing the British indoor 1500 metres record in France last night.

In an extraordinary race at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series in Lievin, the Scot clocked 3:59:58 to regain the record from training partner Jemma Reekie – yet still finished more than six seconds off the pace.

Victory went to Ethiopia’s Guduf Tsegay, who broke Genzebe Dibaba’s world record by over two seconds with a time of 3:53:09.

The mark had stood for seven years and the ease with which Tsegay eclipsed it will rekindle debate about track spike technology changing the face of the sport.

Reekie, meanwhile, maintained her impressive lockdown form by winning the women’s 800m in 2:00.64.

800m winner Jemma Reekie

Holly Bradshaw cleared 4.73m to win pole vault
Holly Bradshaw cleared 4.73m to win pole vault

There were impressive wins, too, for Elliot Giles, clocking 1:45.49 in the men’s 800m, and Holly Bradshaw, beating Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi with a clearance of 4.73m.

Dina Asher-Smith, winner over 60m in her previous two races in Germany, withdrew from last night’s competition because of a tight quad.




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