Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Laura Muir into 1500m semi-final after strong performance in heats

Scotland’s Laura Muir is safely into the semi-final of the 1500m after finishing second in her heat earlier on Monday.

Laura Muir participates in heat one of the 1500m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Laura Muir participates in heat one of the 1500m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Inverness-born runner completed the distance in 4mins 3.89secs, with Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford finishing first in 4mins 3.70secs.

Muir, 28, said that she was conserving energy for the final, and goes again in the semi-final on Wednesday, August 4 at 11.12am BST.

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"You don’t want to have any disrespect for any of the other girls out there, but I want to save as much as I can for the final,” Muir confirmed afterwards.

"It has gone as smooth as it could be - I've been out in Japan for a couple of weeks now, so feeling really prepared and it's really good.

"It didn't feel that fast; I just wanted to qualify for the next round as comfortably as possible. So that felt really good out there today and I am looking forward to the semi-final."

Muir’s finished seventh in the 1500m final at the 2016 Olympics in Rio in a time of 4:12.88 after finishing third in the semi-final.

Prior to the 2020 Games she finished first in the 1500m at the British Grand Prix meeting in Gateshead, with a time of 4:03.73.

European champion Muir will be joined in the semi-final by Team GB colleague Katie Snowden, who finished in 4:02.77 but Revee Walcott-Nolan finished seventh and didn’t advance.

Elsewhere, GB’s Nick Miller reached the hammer final while Muir’s compatriot Deborah Kerr qualified for the women's kayak single 200m semi-finals.

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