Athletics-‘Better late than never’: Muir takes bronze after years of near misses

(Reuters) – British Olympic silver medallist Laura Muir said several near misses in previous editions of the World Championships made her 1,500 metres bronze medal in Eugene, Oregon all the more special.

The 29-year-old clocked a season’s best of three minutes, 55.28 seconds on Monday, finally getting on the podium after finishing fourth in the event in London in 2017 and fifth in 2015 and 2019.

Kenyan Faith Kipyegon took gold, while silver went to Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay.

“I am so delighted. It was all about this, that was what I wanted,” Muir said of her medal. “I took my time trying but I am so, so happy I got it. This time last year I didn’t have any global outdoor medals and now I have two.

“This was the one that was bugging me. After I got the silver last year (in Tokyo), I was like ‘this is the year I am going to get it’ and I’ve got it.

“Better late than never, having to wait so long makes it feel even more special.”

Muir’s bronze was Britain’s first medal of the championships.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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