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Laura Muir boosted by her second quickest 1500m ever in run-up to Tokyo Games

Laura Muir boosted by her second quickest 1500m ever in run-up to Tokyo Olympics however the Brit finishes behind rivals Sifan Hassan and Faith Kipyegon in Diamond League showdown

  • Muir was third behind the winner Hassan and Olympic champion Kipyegon 
  • The Brit ran the second quickest 1500m of her life on the meet in Florence
  • Asher-Smith prolonged her unbeaten run in 2021 by profitable the 200m



Laura Muir is getting faster however the lingering concern on the ultimate straight to Tokyo is that her prime rivals in the 1500m will not be slowing up. 

Quite the other judging from an excellent race on the Diamond League meet in Florence on Thursday evening.

Muir was third in 3:55.59 behind the winner Sifan Hassan and the Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon in a wonderful conflict between three quarters of the 4 girls who lead the strongest subject in athletics.

Laura Muir was third behind the winner Sifan Hassan and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon

Only Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia was lacking from the cohort that’s probably to contest the medals in Japan, so the meet served as an ideal measuring level in the ultimate two months earlier than they compete for actual. 

Against that backdrop, Muir ran the second quickest 1500m of her life as a part of a entrance three that broke with 600m to go and have been by no means once more inside attain of the chasing pack.

However, she was firmly burnt off by Hassan of the Netherlands and Kenya’s Kipyegon on the ultimate bend, ending nearly two seconds behind Hassan, who 4 days earlier broke the ten,000m world report, solely to lose it inside 48 hours. 

Dina Asher-Smith extended her unbeaten run in 2021 with an impressive win in the 200m

Dina Asher-Smith prolonged her unbeaten run in 2021 with a formidable win in the 200m

The excellent news for Muir is that Hassan, the 1500m world champion and a former athlete of Alberto Salazar, is giving critical thought to skipping the gap in Tokyo in favour of a ten,000m and 5,000m double.

Muir stated: ‘I’m really happy with this result – I think it’s my second fast time ever and just short of my British Record. To be able to run this fast in the time leading up to the Olympics, it feels really great.’

Dina Asher-Smith prolonged her unbeaten run in 2021 to 9 races with a formidable 22.06sec win in the 200m. Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast was greater than half a second behind because the Brit ran her third quickest ever time on the distance.

CJ Ujah and Andy Pozzi have been second in the 100m and the 110m hurdles respectively. 

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