Laura Muir squeezed out of 1500m bronze by Caster Semenya in thrilling final

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 8, 2017 in Rat News | Subscribe

In third until the final strides, Muir was powerless to resist her fast-finishing rival. Seventh at the Olympics, now fourth at the worlds, the Scot reaffirmed her credentials to be anointed the poster-girl of British track and field, even if she could not quite grasp the medal she coveted. Laura Weightman, likewise, produced one of the performances of her life to take sixth. Kipyegon, however, remains out in front. Now the world and Olympic champion at 23, she could yet establish herself as a legend.

Muir took it straight to the front, as is her wont, with Kipyegon at her shoulder. It was not the briskest lap, at 65 seconds, as Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba positioned herself in her wake. In one worrying moment, Muir was clipped from behind, but kept her composure. Just as happened at the Rio Games 12 months earlier, Hassan and Dibaba led a devastating surge in speed, but amid deafening acclaim from the London audience she held on until the dying seconds, when Semenya reeled her in. Usually a sanguine soul, Muir was fighting back tears as she digested the disappointment. “Last year in Rio was hard, now this,” she said, quietly. “I’m a bit up and down. It’s gutting.”

Tags: , , , , ,

Copyright © 2019 RatChatter All rights reserved.
RatChatter v1.0 theme from