Laura Muir won a record fifth European indoor gold medal by racing to victory in the women’s 1500m final in Istanbul.
She moved clear in the final lap to win her third 1500m title at the European Indoor Championships on Saturday – finishing with a time of 4:03:40 to become the most successful Briton in the history of the competition.
Muir moves ahead of former sprinters Colin Jackson and Jason Gardener as the British athlete with the most European indoor titles.
“I didn’t really know what to expect and all my race plans went out the window when it went off that fast,” Muir told BBC Sport.
“At the end of the day you have to be adaptable in the 1500m and it worked out in the end. I’m in a place now where I’m experienced and I can deal with different things. I’m just so happy.
“Going into this championship I was quite nervous because I didn’t think I was at my absolute best, but I hoped with grit and determination I would still be able to come here and win. As you get older you appreciate these opportunities.”
Having completed doubles over 1500m and 3000m in both her previous appearances in 2017 and 2019, the Scot elected to focus on the shorter distance in Istanbul.
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