Laura Muir wins 3,000m to seal dream double at European Indoors

Laura Muir crosses the line to win the 3,000m in Belgrade. Picture: Getty.
Laura Muir crosses the line to win the 3,000m in Belgrade. Picture: Getty.
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Britain’s Laura Muir completed her dream double after claiming gold in the 3,000 metres at the European Indoor Championships.

The 23-year-old stormed to victory in a championship record of eight minutes 35.67 seconds on Sunday after Saturday’s 1500m victory in Belgrade.

Team-mate Eilish McColgan claimed third as Muir won by more than eight seconds ahead of Turkey’s Yasemin Can.

Muir and Can broke away early before the Scot powered away with 300 metres to go and overcame tiredness to win easily.

Muir said: “I was still awake at 3am. I got to bed quite early but just couldn’t sleep because I was buzzing from the race yesterday. The legs felt okay but definitely quite tired and I got about five or six hours’ sleep.

“Halfway through the race I was thinking I’m feeling a bit tired, and I was hoping she wasn’t going to ramp it up anymore. I managed to hang in there and knew I had the kick so I just waited and then I went for it.

“I don’t know about that (whether her run was of a similar style to Mo Farah). I think he can run a bit quicker than me. I just knew that’s where my strengths lie.

“I knew what Can would likely do being an endurance athlete so I needed to kick as much as I could.”

Muir, who will return to her studies as a vet on Tuesday, knows her double will put further pressure on her to succeed.

She said: “You can’t go winning medals and breaking records and not go raising expectations. I’ll take it all in my stride. I take it as support, not pressure, and I’ve shown I can deal with it.”

McColgan, whose mother Liz won 1988 Olympic 10,000m silver, beat Holland’s Maureen Koster almost on the line to reach the podium while Steph Twell came fifth.

“She has shown she’s more than capable of doing it. People like (Almaz) Ayana is another athlete as well, it’s different type of running, Laura has such a good kick but Ayana will go from the gun and break a world record,” McColgan said.

“In the 1500m Laura has shown she is easily one of the best in the world and one of the best we have ever had.”

McColgan, who finished in eight mins 47.43 secs, added: “When you see the medal is there, with 200m to go I was thinking ‘this is my chance’. I would have been so disappointed with fourth, it’s the worst place to come.

“I’ve just picked the wrong generation with Laura and Can as well. It’s not like they are the best in Europe, they are two of the best in the world.”