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Dibaba strikes again, Russia take high jumps

06 March, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Laura Muir

Muir won gold in both the 1500m and 3,000m at the European indoor championships past year but faces stern opposition from Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba, the world record holder in both events.

Meanwhile, six World Indoor Championships medals will be reallocated during ceremonies at the IAAF World Indoors in Birmingham tomorrow and Saturday. "This day is for me and my country", said Dibaba. This is a great competition and the race was fantastic.

There was more disappointment for Great Britain in the women's high jump as Morgan Lake's season's best jump of 1.93m wasn't enough to sneak into the medal positions as she finished fourth, with Italy's Alessia Trost taking bronze.

Twenty-one year old world 100 metres silver medallist Christian Coleman is one of their marquee names, having staked a growing claim to the position of world's most paramount sprinter following the departure of Usain Bolt with two world best timings over 60m this indoor season - with a startling 6.34sec now awaiting official status as a record.

Other possible medal contenders were expected to be Shelby Houlihan, who finished with a 28-second last 200m to win the US Champs, Germany's European under-23 1500m champion Konstanze Klosterhalfen and former European 5000m champion Meraf Bahta of Sweden.

Muir clocked four minutes 06.23 seconds, behind Dibaba (4:05.27), with Netherlands' Sifan Hassan third.

Hassan was second in 8:45.68, and Muir third in 8:45.78 in Arena Birmingham.

Qatar's world outdoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim looks similarly untouchable in the men's high jump, although after clearing 2.38m at this month's Asian Championships he has reportedly suffered from "technical problems".

Barshim landed four flawless jumps before failing three times at 2.36m, leaving the window open for the 20-year-old Lysenko.

The 2014 world indoor co-winner is on a 37-strong unbeaten run going back to July 2016 and leads this year's world lists with 2.04m, while Cunningham has reached 1.97m. Germany's Mateusz Przybylko took bronze.

'I've previously finished fourth, sixth and seventh in world (and Olympic) finals before so to win two medals this time around is unbelievable.

"The 2014 Commonwealth Games was an insight into just how well Scotland can play host to global sporting events, and I am sure that Glasgow 2019 will be another step forward in cementing Scotland's status as a first-class deliverer of world-class sporting events". I went out hard which was the plan and I'm so pleased with the result. While Keni Harrison won her first ever world title in the women's 60m hurdles.

Lasitskene cleared a best of 2.01m for her 38th successive competition victory, an incredible record dating back to 2016. This year she goes in with a realistic chance of setting a new national record and breaking into the medals.

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