GB’s Laura Muir strolls to European 1500m final

Laura Muir
Muir has picked up world bronze and Commonwealth gold over 1500m already this season

Britain’s Laura Muir began the defence of her European 1500m title in style as she breezed into Friday’s final on a sweltering morning in Munich.

The 28-year-old, defending the title she won in Berlin in 2018, finished in four minutes 6.41 seconds to win her heat as temperatures neared 30C.

“It has been a busy, busy season, but I am lucky I have got a big gap to the final,” Muir told BBC Sport.

Team-mate Matthew Hudson-Smith qualified fastest for the 400m final.

The world bronze medallist was the class of his semi-final, coasting down the home straight and clocking 44.98 seconds.

Like Muir, Hudson-Smith will be defending a title he won four years ago when he runs in Wednesday evening’s final.

Fellow Briton Alex Haydock-Wilson will join Hudson-Smith in the final after clocking 45.45 – the fourth fastest time across the three semi-finals.

“It felt good,” said Hudson-Smith. “I will go for the medal, the gold one I hope.”

Muir and Hudson-Smith are aiming to secure more medals after finishing on the podium in both the World Championships and Commonwealth Games in the past five weeks.

Team-mates Katie Snowden and Ellie Baker joined Muir in the 1500m final via their times in a swift second heat.

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean, who won silver behind Muir at the Commonwealth Games while representing Northern Ireland, also qualified.

Victoria Ohuruogu
Ohuruogu was third fastest into the 400m final

Victoria Ohuruogu’s excellent season continued as she set a new personal best of 50.50 seconds en route to the 400m final.

It is the sixth time this season that the 29-year-old Commonwealth silver medallist has broken her 400m personal best.

Fellow Britons Laviai Nielsen and Nicole Yeargin both missed out on Wednesday’s final, but the Netherlands’ Femke Bol, who is taking on the 400m flat as well as her specialist hurdles event, qualified as fifth fastest.

Elsewhere, Jazmin Sawyers’ leap of 6.60m was enough to earn the Briton a place in the long jump final.

The back straight was the most densely populated stand in the 69,250-capacity Olympic Stadium as local fans watched Olympic, world and European champion Malaika Mihambo go furthest with a best of 6.99m.

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