Tokyo Olympics: Laura Muir kisses through 1500m of heat to tip gold medal to a strong start

Laura Muir races through the women’s 1500m heat as GB’s team star takes a gold medal and makes a strong start after ditching 800m for a longer distance – while favorite Sifan Hassan recovers from a VAL and wins the second heat

  • Muir was early in and with the front runners and finished second
  • In the second heat, Dutch star Hassan fell to the ground after a fall
  • But she recovered extremely quickly to sprint back and take the win
  • Revee Walcott-Nolan ran the best for a lifetime, but finished outside the top six
  • Walcott-Nolan painfully missed the semi-finals by a hundredth of a second
  • Faith Kipyegon took the third qualifying round, with Briton Katie Snowden coming through

Laura Muir swept through her 1500m heat as the Team GB star got her gold medal to a strong start in Tokyo on Monday.

The Scot finished 7th in Rio five years ago, but her dominance in the European Indoor Championships at this distance convinced the 28-year-old to scrap the 800m event and focus entirely on the 1500m.

And with the top six in each qualifier for the next round, Muir was in second gear in Tokyo on Monday morning as she rode through it, with one of the favourites, Sifan Hassan, also coming through.

Team GB’s Laura Muir comfortably qualified for the 1500m semi-finals after the first heat

The Scot (second from right) finished second behind Canada's Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (right)

The Scot (second from right) finished second behind Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (right)

The Scot finished second in heat one in four minutes 03.89 seconds, behind Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford.

“So excited to get started, all my housemates have already raced so I was eager to get started,” she told the BBC.

“It’s about being as prepared as possible, I felt really confident and it’s nice to get started. I feel more prepared than ever. Before my speed was my weakness, I’ve improved so much.’

Dutch star Sifan Hassan, one of the favourites, recovered from a fall to win the second moto

Dutch star Sifan Hassan, one of the favourites, recovered from a fall to win the second moto

Ethiopian-born runner fell after Edinah Jebitok tripped, but made a great recovery

Ethiopian-born runner fell after Edinah Jebitok tripped, but made a great recovery

In the first heat, American Cory McGee finished eighth and made it the fastest loser, while Australia’s Georgia Griffith is out.

Dutch star Hassan had a dramatic fall in the next race after Kenyan Edinah Jebitok stumbled in front of her.

But the Ethiopian-born middle and long-distance runner made an impressive recovery, immediately climbing to his feet and sprinting through the field to win the race, with Australia’s Jessica Hull also going through.

Muir’s fellow Brit Revee Walcott-Nolan ran the best for a lifetime, but finished outside the top six.

British athlete Revee Walcott-Nolan ran the best for a lifetime, but narrowly missed qualifying

British athlete Revee Walcott-Nolan ran the best for a lifetime, but narrowly missed qualifying

Fellow Briton Katie Snowden (third from left) also qualified, along with Muir, for the semi-finals

Fellow Briton Katie Snowden (third from left) also qualified, along with Muir, for the semi-finals

She painfully missed qualifying as the fastest loser by just a hundredth of a second.

Faith Kipyegon took third, with GB athlete Katie Snowden and Australia’s Linden Hall also automatically qualifying in the top six.

snowden said: “That may have been a little faster than I wanted to run in a heat, but we now have a lot of free time until the semi-finals.

“I have to go back now to take an ice bath, just recover as much as I can, be ready to do it all over again.”

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