Long jump star Greg Rutherford pulls out of World Indoor Championships

Laura Muir

Laura Muir

The Briton, 24, chased home Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba, who took gold when Muir won bronze over 3,000m on Thursday.

GB's Eilidh Doyle also took bronze in the women's 400m with a season-best time of 51.60 seconds but CJ Ujah suffered a dismal end to his championships after he was disqualified for a false start in the 60m semi-finals.

"I've finished fourth, sixth and seventh in world finals before so to win two medals this time around is wonderful; it is about time", Muir told BBC Sport.

'I've previously finished fourth, sixth and seventh in world (and Olympic) finals before so to win two medals this time around is awesome. It was eventually Muir who hung on for bronze, a first global medal.

"It's such a good confidence boost".

"I'm surprised I wasn't good in 2017 but 2018 is my time".

It doesn't match the colour of Katarina Johnson-Thompson's gold, but pound for pound, considering the strength of the opposition, this was the British performance of the Championships.

The decoration of the two athletes required little more than an hour, but it all added up to quite a night for British Athletics, which arrived at the world titles with few dominant athletes but still rose to third in the overall medal table.

These upgrades follow the disqualification of results of the original medallists after they were sanctioned for violating anti-doping rules. The championships are expected to welcome 600 athletes from over 45 countries, along with a total of 18,000 spectators during the three-day event.

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

The Scot had looked in superb form throughout the indoor season and all went well with her preparation other than the weather necessitating a belated six-hour taxi journey from Glasgow as rail and plane options were scuppered.

McColgan was disappointed with her 10th place in 9:01.32.

Running before home crowd, Great Britain poster girl Laura Muir will be another athlete capable of blighting Obiri's happiness.

"The 2014 Commonwealth Games was an insight into just how well Scotland can play host to worldwide sporting events, and I am sure that Glasgow 2019 will be another step forward in cementing Scotland's status as a first-class deliverer of world-class sporting events".

Meanwhile, six World Indoor Championships medals will be reallocated during ceremonies at the IAAF World Indoors in Birmingham tomorrow and Saturday.

THE head of British Athletics saluted Andrew Pozzi as a "fantastic role model" after the Stratford hurdler was named co-captain for this weekend's IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

Doyle battled Wimbley for the inside track space with 200 metres to go and took up a strong position, only for Wimbley to hunt her down in the home straight with Okolo in a class of her own.

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