Scotland’s Laura Muir aims for summer treble after 1500m Commonwealth Games glory

Laura Muir stormed to 1500m gold on Sunday night to claim her second Commonwealth Games medal and immediately set her sights on a summer treble.

The 29-year-old Scot, who secured his first Commonwealth medal on Saturday with 800m bronze after an appeal over the photo finish from Jamaica was rejected, decimated the field on the final day of athletics at Alexander Stadium.

She crossed the line in four minutes 02.75 seconds, ahead of Northern Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Australia’s Abbey Caldwell, and quickly turned her focus to the European Championships in Munich later this month.

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Scotland’s Laura Muir celebrates after winning the women’s 1500 meters (Jacob King/PA)

“Oh my god, 1500m-800m double,” said Muir, who took 1500m bronze at the world championships in Eugene last month. “Two down, one to go. I came into this year wanting to run in all three and medal in all three. I’ve done two out of three so far.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for the support, all my friends and family, my coach, my physio. Everyone has been just amazing, I couldn’t have asked for a better support team.”

She continued: “I think I would have said to Laura Muir from 2014, ‘Your time will come’ (after finishing 11th at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games).

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Muir’s gold on Sunday was the second medal of the weekend after the 800 bronze on Saturday (Jacob King/PA)

“It’s rotten at the time, but you learn from it and you come back stronger. This meant a lot to me – missing the Gold Coast (in 2018) as well, it’s been bothering me for eight years.

“It’s so nice to come here and not only get a medal, but two and in such a competitive field. Those girls are fast. It means a lot.”

Scotland team-mate Eilish McColgan took silver in the women’s 5,000m – adding to her 10,000m title – while England’s Ben Pattison was third in the men’s 800m.

Victoria Ohuruogu, Jodie Williams, Ama Pipi and Jessie Knight were stripped of 4x400m relay gold after being disqualified following their victory in the final event.

Williams and Ohuruogu went out of their lane during the handover for the second leg, meaning Canada took the win with Jamaica second and Scotland promoted to bronze.

England did not appeal after reviewing the footage, accepting there would be no reason.

In the morning session, England’s Matt Hudson-Smith lost out on gold as Zambia’s Muzala Samukonga overwhelmed the 400m favourite.

The 27-year-old – on home turf – had to settle for silver when Samukonga made a late break in the last 50 meters to go from fifth to first place.

He ran 44.66 seconds, while British record holder Hudson-Smith crossed the line in 44.81.

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Hudson-Smith was disappointed to miss out on gold (Martin Rickett/PA)

He said: “I committed to going hard in the first 200m. I got tired around the back. You live and you learn. You just have to push on. I still got the silver medal.

“If you asked people a year ago if I wanted to do this (win Commonwealth and world medals), I would have said no. It’s going in the right direction but there’s a lot of work to be done. Fueling the fire and having to keep pushing .

“I have never heard of him (Samukonga). At least I got something out of him.”

At least Hudson-Smith adds to the world bronze he won in Eugene, but it continues his frustration from the Commonwealth Games after he was disqualified in 2018 for driving off course.

The 27-year-old will now look to defend the European title he won in 2018 when he races in Munich later this month.

In the women’s race, Ohuruogu took silver with England teammate Jodie Williams taking bronze, both behind Barbados’ Sada Williams.

England’s women’s 4x100m relay team of Asha Philip, Imani-Lara Lansiquot, Bianca Williams and Daryll Neita took silver behind Nigeria.

In the men’s race, Jona Efoloko, Zharnel Hughes, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Ojie Edoburun took gold, defending their 2018 title, in 38.35 seconds ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Nigeria.

Cindy Sember won bronze in the women’s 100m hurdles with world champion and world record holder Tobi Amusan of Nigeria taking the title in a Games record 12.30 seconds.

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