Muir makes history with the biggest victory since Scot claims gold in the 1500m at the European Championships

Laura Muir assaulted the victory in the final of 1500 meters in the European Championship

While one star of the track was preparing for his last gold, another claimed the first. Your first outdoor title, anyway.

It has been established for some time that Laura Muir is an excellent talent, but until last night the rewards for her efforts had only come to light.

Here, in the European 1500m final, that changed with a convincing victory and a small slice of history, as Muir became the first female European champion in the distance, moments before Eilish McColgan took the silver in the 5,000 meters.

Laura Muir assaulted the victory in the final of 1500 meters in the European Championship

Laura Muir assaulted the victory in the final of 1500 meters in the European Championship

Muir, 25, was never expected to fight against this field. And that's how the Scot crossed in 4min 02.32sec, comfortably ahead of Sofia Ennaoui, a Pole who outperformed Muir's teammate, Laura Weightman, on the straight.

Weightman clung to add a bronze to the one he won at Zurich in 2014.

Muir's two world medals in the interior were extremely difficult to win, so this felt like a direct opportunity at the moment when his most likely rival, Sifan Hassan, was decided before the championship just to run in the 5,000m. He cleared the way and Muir did not look back, despite what he admitted was quite significant pressure as a big favorite.

The 25-year-old Scotsman enjoyed the first big outdoor title in Berlin

The 25-year-old Scotsman enjoyed the first big outdoor title in Berlin

The 25-year-old Scotsman enjoyed the first big outdoor title in Berlin

"This was probably the biggest pressure I've had, it was something new for me, but I think I handled it really well," Muir said.

In the final, Muir took the lead at about 700 meters and never gave up. "I knew that a lot of girls had a good ending, so I thought the more I left it, the more risky it would be, I know I can run hard from far away, so I did it."

McColgan, the daughter of 1991 10,000-meter world champion Liz McColgan, produced the best result of her career. She was helped by the Israeli, Lonah Salpeter, running to the end a lap too early, when she was contesting the lead with Hassan, and slowing down the line, apparently thinking that she had won the race.

That allowed McColgan to take second place behind Hassan, and finally Salpeter finished devastated in fourth place.

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