European Indoor Championships: Laura Muir and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke win gold for Great Britain


Muir wins second successive European Indoors double

Laura Muir completed a second successive European Indoors double and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke won gold in the 800m on a successful final day of competition for Britain in Glasgow.

Scotland’s 3,000m champion Muir dominated the 1500m to repeat her achievement of Belgrade 2017.

Oskan-Clarke led from gun to tape to take the 800m title.

It was a gutsy display by the 2017 silver medallist who held off a late challenge from France’s Renelle Lamote.

There were also silver medals for Britain’s Jamie Webb in the 800m, Holly Bradshaw in the pole vault, Tim Duckworth in the heptathlon and the women’s 4x400m quartet.

Great Britain finished second in the medal table behind Poland, with four golds and 12 medals in total – it was their best ever haul at the championships.

‘So much hard work goes into it’ – Muir

There was no need for Muir to produce as devastating a finish as she displayed in the 3,000m final, although she did show her rivals a clean pair of heels with 300 metres remaining.

The Inverness-born 25-year-old, who led from early in the race, came home in four minutes 05.92 seconds. Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui finished almost four seconds behind, while Ireland’s Ciara Mageean took bronze.

Muir told BBC Sport: “I’m so relieved. I set myself a big test this weekend – there was a lot of pressure.

“So much hard work goes into it. It’s day after day [of training] and on this track. There’s a huge support network behind me.

“It’s so special [to win in Glasgow]. To be on my home track is surreal.

“I’ll have a little bit of a break in March. I’ve then got two or three months of solid training before coming back in June. After that it’s the World Championships in Doha.”

‘She gives the crowd something to cheer’ – Analysis

Steve Cram, former men’s 1500m world champion

“What a weekend for Muir – a superstar of our sport. The manner in which she runs is one everyone can delight in. You see the effort, hard work and determination – there’s nothing left out there.

“She doesn’t run easy. She gives the crowd something to cheer.”

Paula Radcliffe, former world marathon champion

“Muir is going further and further ahead.

“Her rivals will be scratching their heads or going up in distance. Even Genzebe Dibaba (1500m and 3,000m world indoor champion) must be wondering what she has to do to beat Muir.

“You ask where it was won. It was the hours and hours Laura ran around this track.”

‘After Belgrade defeat I knew I could do it’ – Oskan-Clarke

European Indoor Championships: GB’s Shelayna Oskan-Clarke wins emphatic 800m gold

The win for Oskan-Clarke, 29, was all the sweeter after she missed out on gold by one hundredth of a second two years ago.

“I decided I wanted to focus on going out from the front,” the former Brunel University student told BBC Sport.

“After Belgrade, I knew I was strong and knew I had more to give in those races. I had to make the right moves at the right time.”

Silver lining for GB athletes

GB’s Webb wins superb 800m silver

Science teacher Webb, 24, began the rush of silver medals when he produced another aggressive run to finish second behind Spain’s Alvaro de Arriba.

Webb attacked from the start and was only passed by De Arriba on the final lap, the Spaniard winning in a time of 1:46.83 seconds.

“There was a point last year I wasn’t getting funding,” Webb told BBC Sport, after crossing the line in 1:47.13. “I was 23 and I worked my socks off to make something of it. There’s no excuse not to do it.”

Ireland’s Mark English took bronze. He earned a spot in the final after British team captain Guy Learmonth was judged to have impeded him in their semi-final.

In the women’s pole vault, Blackburn Harrier Bradshaw had to settle for silver behind the impressive Russian Anzhelika Sidorova.

Bradshaw failed to clear 4.85m which Sidorova, competing in Glasgow as a neutral, managed to do with her first attempt. Greece’s Nikoleta Kiriakoupolou took bronze, while her compatriot, the Olympic, world and defending champion Ekaterini Stefanidi, only cleared 4.65m.

In the heptathlon, Duckworth was in a battle with Russian neutral athlete Ilya Shkurenyov and Swede Fredrik Samuelsson for the places behind eventual winner Jorge Urena.

The Spaniard led the event going into the 1,000m – the final event – with Duckworth needing to finish no worse than four seconds behind his rivals. The Briton, who was born and raised in the United States, achieved the task and recorded the highest finish by a British heptathlete in this competition.

And Great Britain’s championships ended on a high. After the men’s 4x400m team missed the medals, Scot Eilidh Doyle produced a brilliant final leg to lead the women’s quartet to silver behind winners Poland.