Barshim aims to reclaim world indoor title today

Barshim aims to reclaim world indoor title today

Barshim aims to reclaim world indoor title today

Much of these World Indoor Championships have been overshadowed by a bewildering number of disqualifications and they continued aplenty on Saturday night, with numerous medals changing hands minutes and even hours after races had concluded.

A sold-out Oregon Convention Center witnessed American Jenn Suhr win her first pole vault world title while France's Renaud Lavillenie won the men's gold on the opening day of the championships in the U.S. two years ago.

Klosterhalfen and Obiri both began to drift out of medal contention with three laps to go but the volume inside the Birmingham Arena rose again as Muir moved into the reckoning for her first global medal, although the gap to the gold medal widened as Dibaba kicked again with 500 metres remaining.

Hellen Obiri's efforts to reclaim her World Indoor title in the women's 3000m were thwarted after the Kenyan finished fourth in a race that saw Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba win gold for the third time in a row on the opening day of the 2018 edition in Birmingham on Thursday.

Liz's daughter Eilish was Muir's team-mate here and, like Muir, is doubling up at 1500m.

"I knew I had to try and get [Sifan] Hassan before the bend and I felt good so I went for it".

Dibaba crossed the finish-line in 8:45.05, a finishing time made respectable courtesy of a scintillating final kilometer of 2:37.43.

After being denied a silver by Hassan, with many viewing Muir to have been impeded, the double European indoor gold medalist had the ideal opportunity for an alternative ending in the shorter distance in the Arena Birmingham.

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"I didn't know we had broken away", Muir said about her final surge. The Ethiopian's 400m up to the bell was a vicious 62.43 and she was now clear but Hassan and Muir were in hot pursuit and began to close along the back straight.

Giles, who initially finished fourth, was upgraded to third after Drew Windle was disqualified for an apparent obstruction while Doyle - in the final after being upgraded in the semi-final following disqualifications - took her first individual world medal. Tomorrow she's back in the first round of the 1500m. "I've not seen the race back".

"Being so close to silver [in the 3,000m], after that race I knew I was in similar shape to Hassan and I could get the silver and beat her".

"I'm surprised at how well I balance veterinary and track".

Muir was delighted with her first global medal and said: "Thank you to the crowd".

'I'm so pleased to get out onto the podium. "I can't describe the feeling, it's brilliant". So to come out with a medal in that situation is fantastic.

'I've previously finished fourth, sixth and seventh in world (and Olympic) finals before so to win two medals this time around is incredible. Other British athletes who have ambitions of adding to the medal tally are Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Andrew Pozzi in the 60m hurdles and both Dina Asher-Smith and CJ Ujah over 60m.

McColgan was disappointed with her 10th place in 9:01.32.

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