IAAF To Reallocate Six Indoor Championships In Birminghan

Laura Muir

On Friday Danish Joachim Olsen, who won shot put bronze in 2006 will receive his silver medal, while German Ralf Bartels, who was also promoted to silver having won bronze at the 2010 championships in Doha will receive his medal on Saturday. Rio Olympic 1500m runner Hamish Carson and US-based Julian Oakley have times ranking them 10th and 15th respectively in the 25-strong field.

The United States won nearly five times more medals than any other country at their home staging of the last International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships in Portland two years ago, and another medal-table-topping performance looks in prospect as the 2018 edition gets underway at Arena Birmingham tomorrow.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND (01-Mar) - Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia became the third athlete to win the women's 3000m title at the IAAF World Indoor Championships on at least three occasions in an exciting climax to the first day which had a sparse but enthusiastic home crowd cheering the narrow but growing possibility of a home victor in Laura Muir on the last lap.

Now leaving Birmingham with two world indoor medals, Laura Muir's £1,500 taxi ride down from Scotland seems like very good value indeed.

"I've finished 4th, 6th and 7th in world finals before so to win two medals this time around is awesome; it is about time", said Muir afterwards after her fantastic performance.

Dibaba proved that she is an indoor performer when she had to work round that last lap as Hassan and Muir battled for the minor medals, but in reality neither were able to challenge the Ethiopian who always looked to have an extra gear.

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

"Honestly I didn't expect to win this event", said Lysenko.

"I was very close to silver in the 3000m so I knew I just had to go for it this time".

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He said: "My performance from the British Championships to the Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow at the weekend showed improvement but it was still not at the level I demand of myself".

"We were booked on a couple of flights but they were all cancelled and it was just a matter of getting down".

The American, who smashed the world record at the distance last month, crossed in 6.37sec, ahead of China's Bingtian Su of China and United States of America team-mate Ronnie Baker.

As soon as the second gun went off to signal a false start, Ujah was distraught.

'I want to leave my own legacy and make my own trail'.

The evening came to a close with an American double in the 60m and 60m hurdles.

Championships Birmingham 2018 after clocking 7.26s in the women's 60m to meet the IAAF's qualifying mark of 7.30s.

Barshim added: "I'm happy with the medal but not quite the result". I knew how tough it was with the long hours on the course and then fitting in training.

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