Olympic 1500m silver medallist, Laura Muir stormed to win the gold medal and defended her crown on day five of the European Athletics Championships, held on Friday (19) in Munich.
The 29 year-old ran a superbly judged race to retain her title and add gold to the Commonwealth version she won earlier this month and the world silver earned last month. Between them, she and her Scottish compatriot Eilish McColgan, who has earned Commonwealth gold and silver, and European silver and bronze, have had a richly rewarding five weeks.
Muir monitored proceedings from the back before moving deliberately to the front with two laps remaining, taking over the lead from Ireland’s Ciara Mageean.
Sofia Ennaoui, silver medallist behind Muir at the 2018 European Championships, had remained at the back with the defending champion but only made half a job of following her to the front, getting caught up in the pack.
As she was extricating herself approaching the bell her race was lost as Muir accelerated with sudden and brutal purpose. Mageean, a bronze medallist in Amsterdam six years ago and fourth in Berlin, was ready and gave dogged chase. Ennaoui had missed the party, but set off nevertheless in desperate pursuit.
All around the final bend the Irish runner showed the tenacity that characterised her British coach, Helen Clitheroe, the 2011 European indoor 3000m champion, but inexorably the Olympic silver medallist pulled away.
Muir crossed in 4:01.08 with a gesture that could have been one of triumph or relief with Mageean taking the silver medal in 4:02.56.
Ennaoui closed the podium three finishes and earning the bronze in 4:03.59.