Record-breaking double for Scotland’s Laura Muir

  • Laura Muir wins double gold at the European Indoor Championships
  • Muir also breaks two Championship records in two days
  • Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle and Eilish McColgan also make the podium

The European Indoor Championships in Belgrade proved to be yet another record-breaking competition for Scottish Athletics as three of our four female athletes secured four medals between them.

There were six Scottish athletes in total who travelled to the European Indoor Champs in Belgrade at the weekend: Laura Muir, Eilidh Doyle, Eilish McColgan, Steph Twell and Guy Learmonth competing on the track, and Allan Smith representing in the Men's High Jump.

The most notable performance of the weekend has to be from Laura Muir who, representing Team GB, went on to secure two Gold medals for the 1500m and 3000m over the two days in Serbia. Muir started off the weekend in style, securing her first ever major championship medal and smashing the 32-year-old European Indoor Championships 1500m record in the process. Also making the final was fellow Scots Eilish McColgan and Steph Twell who finished third and fifth, respectively.

After having to struggle with officials to fulfil her lap of honour, and a restless sleep the night before, Muir had her spikes on again ready to compete in the 3000m on Sunday. This time she faced a tough test up against the European 5000m and 10000m champion Yasemin Can. However, weary legs (after running three times over two days) or lack of sleep didn't faze the 23-year-old veterinary student. Muir went on again to break another Championship record, completing the 3000m in a time of 8.35.67 and adding another Gold medal to her now growing tally.

It is clear Muir's hard work is finally starting to show as she is now the proud owner of five British and two European records at distances from 1000m to 5000m. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, Muir is eyeing up a double in the 1500m and 5000m at the World Championships in London this summer.

Eilish McColgan was another to put in a star performance in the 3000m after only returning from injury 12 months ago and swapping the steeplechase for the flat. McColgan showed her strength and secured herself a Bronze medal and a place on the podium alongside teammate Muir.

Eilidh Doyle rounded off the Championships with a Silver medal in the 4x400m, working as part of a team with fellow GB athletes Philippa Lowe, Mary Iheke and Laviai Neilsen to record 3.31.05. The 400m and relay runner has now racked up a total of 12 medals now, garnered over multiple European, Commonwealth, World Championship and Olympic competitions.

Also representing Team GB was Asha Philip who secured herself a Gold medal in the Women's 60m. Her victory completes a British double in the 60m following Richard Kilty's gold on Saturday.

A spectacular weekend all round for Scottish and British Athletics in Europe, and in particular, our female athletes who are regularly making headlines now with medal-winning, record-breaking performances on the track.

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