Laura Muir said she was glad to prove what ‘me’ is after securing a silver medal in the women’s 1500m at the Tokyo Olympics.
The 28-year-old improved her own national record to 3:54.50 to finish behind Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, with the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan taking third as her 1500m-5000m-10,000m triple bid ended.
Muir had come agonisingly close to a global outdoor medal prior to the rearranged Games – finishing fifth and fourth at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships respectively, and seventh in Rio 2016 – having won the European 1500m title in 2018.
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“I can’t put it into words how much it means to me,” she told Eurosport’s Greg Rutherford.
“I’ve missed out on a podium finish at a global level so many times and never got on the podium.
“My very first global medal is at an Olympics and it’s a silver against that field in a British record time. I could not wish for anything better.”
Laura Muir after winning silver
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Positioned perfectly at the bell, Muir followed Kipyegon past Hassan on the final bend and kicked away down the home straight.
“I think for the first time in a number of years I’m 100% fit,” continued Muir.
“I went into the last World Championships in 2019 off a calf injury, in 2017 I had a stress fracture.
“I’m so happy I can put on paper what ‘me’ is. That’s what I’m capable of.”
Britain have won five track and field medals in Tokyo – albeit without striking gold – with Muir's silver added to by Keely Hodgkinson (women’s 800m - silver), Holly Bradshaw (women’s pole vault - bronze) and the men's and women's 4x100m relay teams (silver and bronze respectively).
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