SCOTLAND’S Laura Muir showcased why she is considered a dark horse for a 1,500m medal with a classy and composed showing in her semi-final last night.
The 23-year-old came third, with the top five guaranteed to progress, in 4:04.16 behind Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and Sifan Hassan but looked to have lots more in the tank for the final, which takes place at 2.30am in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“I just wanted to qualify for the final – you always speak about an Olympic final but it’s just an achievement to get there. I’m really chuffed,” said Muir.
“I tried to save as much energy as possible. I knew I wanted to stay at the back at the start and stay out of harm’s way and then come through and be at the front before anything happened.
“I expected [Sifan] Hassan and [Genzebe] Dibaba to be at the back and come through and I just followed them, so pretty much perfect.
“My coach and I have watched these athletes enough, I’ve raced them week in, week out so you know what they’re going to do a lot of the time. I just knew not to burn up too much energy chasing them and just to make sure I qualified.”
GB team-mate Laura Weightman joined Muir, who has been in superb form this season, in the final by clocking 4:05.28.
Christine Ohuruogu’s bid for a third straight Olympic 400m medal, after gold in Beijing and silver in London, was ended by a fifth-placed finish in her semi-final in 51.22.
The 32-year-old afterwards hinted at retirement.
She said: “I think it’s one minute to midnight and this girl is about to turn into a pumpkin. I think it’s coming to an end, training is getting harder and I’m getting old.”
Compatriot Emily Diamond also failed to make the final, finishing sixth in her race in 51.49. American Allyson Felix looked on course for gold after qualifying fastest in a season’s best 49.67.