ISTANBUL (March 4) – Laura Muir, the British middle-distance star runner, secured her fifth European Indoor Championships title at the Atakoy Arena in Istanbul on Saturday by winning the women’s 1500m with a time of 4:03.40.
Muir, who had previously won the same title in 2017 and 2019, started steadily but broke away from the field on the final lap and built up a significant lead that she held until the finish line. Read more: Warholm and Bol win European Indoors 400m titles – Day 3
In her post-race interview, Muir expressed her satisfaction with the result and credited her consistency and hard work.
“These championships mean a lot to me,” she said. “I put quite some pressure on myself to win another gold, so I am very happy to actually win a gold medal.”
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Claudia Mihaela Bobocea of Romania won the silver medal with a time of 4:03.76 personal best, while Sofia Ennaoui of Poland picked up the bronze with a time of 4:04.06 personal best, as well.
Ennaoui, who has regularly competed at the European Championships and has won a silver and two bronze in the 1500m, expressed her happiness with the result but also stated that she has bigger plans ahead of her.
“I run regularly at the European Championships,” said Ennaoui. “It is another medal to my magnificient collection, but on the other hand I do not hide that great goals are ahead of me. I think that Laura is to overcome.”
Bobocea, the silver medalist, expressed her delight with the result and her personal best time. “I tried to fight for the first place but I knew that Laura (Muir) will attack, and I just tried to keep with her which was not easy at all,” she said.
“Today it was not about the time, and I am happy to take home a silver medal.”
Muir’s victory brings her gold medal tally at the European Indoor Championships to five, making her one of the most successful athletes in the history of the event.
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