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Laura Muir wins bronze in 1500m at World Championships

Laura Muir clinched Great Britain’s first medal at the World Championships with an impressive bronze in the 1500m.

The Scot clocked a season-best time of three minutes 55.28 seconds in Eugene Monday evening.

Kenyan Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon won gold with Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia second.

Muir was involved in a breakaway with Kipyegon, Tsegay and Hirut Meshesha almost immediately as the race unraveled at Hayward Field.

Meshesha was then dropped with over two laps to go as the medal-winning trio battled for their podium places with Kipyegon taking the title.

Earlier, Katarina Johnson-Thompson finished eighth after being unable to defend his heptathlon crown.

The 29-year-old has 6,222 points after two days of competition in Oregon, with Nafi Thiam reclaiming the title after being beaten by Johnson-Thompson in 2019 ahead of Anouk Vetter and Anna Hall.

After an 18-month injury and a late coaching change, she was not expected to retain the title she won with a British record in Doha three years ago.

Johnson-Thompson couldn’t close the medal gap. (Martin Rickett/AP)

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It was also unrealistic to expect a podium finish and she finished 533 points from the medals.

Johnson-Thompson said, “I love sports. Last year made me cringe, life isn’t fair and I was questioning that. After the championships I wanted to get away from the sport, I don’t want to do that, how can it be fair that an Achilles can rupture?

“This time, I really feel like I’ve found my hunger. I was absent from the championships, but it’s as if I wanted to work and come back to where I was.

“As soon as I finished, I took the moment, it’s a different mentality. It will be a motivation for me throughout the winter.

After day one, her sixth Johnson-Thompson said she was in Eugene to fight as she regained peak fitness and confidence, but a poor long jump of 6.28m pushed her back to seventh place after collecting 937 points.

A best effort of 39.18m in the javelin saw the Commonwealth Games champion lose further ground and she ran two minutes 19.16 seconds in the 800m.

reigning champion Dina Asher Smith overcame his disappointment in Sunday’s 100m to reach the 200m semi-final.

The 26-year-old, who is looking to retain the title she won in Doha, ran 22.56 seconds in less than 24 hours after finishing fourth in the 100m final despite leveling her British record of 10.83 seconds.

She said: “It’s part of the job (passing from the 100m). It was quite easy. They are two completely different events.

“Obviously, I would have loved to be on the 100m podium, but I had some very good runs and I’m proud of that. It’s a different event and you have to be ready with your A game.”

Beth Dobbin ran 23.04 seconds and failed to progress. British skipper Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake reached the men’s 200m semi-final in 20.11 seconds with Joe Ferguson, but Adam Gemili missed.

Earlier, Jess Piasecki came 10th in the marathon but Charlotte Purdue and Rose Harvey failed to finish.

Piasecki said: “I’m happy at the start to finish 12th in the world. Obviously I was higher but in the last 7 km the wheels probably came off a bit. But I tried really well and I liked it.

Meanwhile, Holly Bradshaw is doubtful for the Commonwealth Games after sustaining a serious hamstring injury in a freak crash in Eugene.

Her pole broke on her last practice jump, forcing her to retire before the competition.

She wrote on Twitter: “I will do everything in my power to get back in time for the Commonwealth Games but being only 2 weeks away is no small task.”

Laura Muir wins bronze in 1500m at World Championships

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