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