World indoor silver for Laura Muir, bronze for Eilidh Doyle

Laura Muir

The race started at a relative jog with Muir ahead in 36 seconds with McColgan second and Dibaba at the back of the field of 14.

Britain's Eilidh Doyle had only advanced to the 400m final after she was upgraded to second in the semi-final thanks to a lane violation disqualification for Switzerland's Lea Sprunger. "We didn't think anyone would take it out hard", said Andy Young, Muir's coach, "and I said to Laura that if she found herself at the front then that's fine as she'd be running the shortest distance, staying out of trouble and with no wind obviously as it's indoors".

Since Portland, the Christchurch shot putter has grabbed the Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medal and won the World Outdoor Championships title in 2017.

"It's such a good confidence boost". "But I have shown I can definitely mix it with them and come up with the goods".

Muir's achievements, although not gold, top Katarina Johnson-Thompson's pentathlon gold because of the strength of the respective fields.

It appeared the home nation may have won another bronze on a Saturday packed with controversy when Elliot Giles, 23, was briefly promoted from fourth place in the men's 800m, when American Drew Windle was disqualified.

It was the Russian (or ANA - Authorised Neutral Athlete), Lysenko, who maintained his unbeaten start to 2018 by taking gold with success at 2.36m on his third attempt, while Barshim, the 2014 World indoor champion, failed with three attempts at the same height.

Muir will miss April's Commonwealth Games though as she studies for her final veterinary exams at the University of Glasgow in May.

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She was forced to get a £1500 taxi from Scotland to Birmingham on Wednesday after her flights were cancelled due to the snow.

Dibaba covered the final 1,500 meters in 4:04.05.

Dibaba never looked under real threat but Muir held Hassan off, in the same way the Dutch athlete did to her in beating her to silver in the 3,000m. "I just need to wipe the memory of today's race and go into it with a clean slate and a fresh attitude".

Dibaba came to Birmingham as double defending 3000m indoor champion and had also won the 1500m in Istanbul in 2012.

That is not to take anything from Doyle, however. "I knew if I made the right moves, I could get another medal, and improve on the bronze". "I've not seen the race back".

"I've always won medals in the relays but to win one on my own in an individual 400m is very special and means a lot". "It's not my preferred event so to do this is really incredible".

Muir went into this event as the double European indoor champion but her global record against tougher opposition had previously been less convincing.

Neil Black, performance director at British Athletics, said: "I am delighted for both Shelayna and Andrew that they have been voted as co-captains for the World Indoor Championships".

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