House­mates Muir and Reekie lead the way as Bri­tain takes spot­light in Stock­holm

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Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie, the mid­dle-dis­tance run­ners who have been shar­ing a house in Glas­gow dur­ing lock­down, dom­i­nated their events on a suc­cess­ful day for Bri­tain at the Di­a­mond League meet­ing in Stock­holm.

Euro­pean cham­pion Muir, fresh from break­ing Kelly Holmes’s Bri­tish record for 1000m in Monaco nine days ear­lier, dom­i­nated her first 1500m of the year, clock­ing just in­side 60 sec­onds for the fi­nal lap to tri­umph in a world-lead­ing time of 3min 57.86sec.

In a clean sweep for Bri­tain, Laura Weight­man, who had gone sec­ond on the UK all-time list with her 5000m in Monaco, was four sec­onds back in sec­ond, edg­ing out Melissa Court­ney-Bryant in third.

The 22-year-old Reekie posted her fourth vic­tory of the sea­son with a su­perb per­for­mance in the 800m. Last sea­son’s Euro­pean Un­der-23 cham­pion eased away from Raevyn Rogers, of the United States, emerg­ing from the fi­nal bend to win with a time of one minute 59.68 sec­onds. Rogers fin­ished 1.34 sec­onds back in sec­ond place.

Bri­tain’s Holly Brad­shaw cleared 4.69m to win the pole vault, while com­pa­triot Adam Gemili looked a class apart from his ri­vals as he took the 200m in 20.61sec.

Two at­tempts at world records fell just short. Karsten Warholm, of Nor­way, ran the sec­ond-fastest 400m hur­dles ever in post­ing a win­ning time of 46.87sec.

Warholm might have dipped in­side the 46.78 mark set by the Amer­i­can Kevin Young in 1992 had the 24-year-old not struck the fi­nal hur­dle. Warholm also coasted to vic­tory in the 400m, fin­ish­ing with a time of 45.05sec.

Swe­den’s Mondo Du­plan­tis won the men’s pole vault by clear­ing 6.01m, but failed with his three at­tempts to break Sergey Bubka’s world record of 6.14m, which has stood since 1994.

The event was held be­hind closed doors be­cause of the pan­demic. The next Di­a­mond League meet­ing is in Lau­sanne on Sept 2.

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