Former Wildcats to compete at IAAF World Indoor Championships

World 5000m Outdoors champion Hellen Obiri will take on defending champion Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia in the women's 3000m final as IAAF World Indoor Championships begin today from 8:15pm in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

GB's Eilidh Doyle also took bronze in the women's 400m with a season-best time of 51.60 seconds but CJ Ujah suffered a dismal end to his championships after he was disqualified for a false start in the 60m semi-finals.

Young added: "It was maybe the most stacked field of the championships, unless you also include the (women's) 1500m too!"

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND (01-Mar) - Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia became the third athlete to win the women's 3000m title at the IAAF World Indoor Championships on at least three occasions in an exciting climax to the first day which had a sparse but enthusiastic home crowd cheering the narrow but growing possibility of a home victor in Laura Muir on the last lap. To medal in two and get a silver, I'm so pleased.

By all accounts, the night belonged to Muir.

With 400m to run it was Hassan in second and Muir third, however, the British 3000m champion had a determined look of intent and after manoeuvring past the Dutch athlete, she was not going to relinquish second and held on to cross the line and clinch silver in 4:06.23.

Dibaba's final kilometre was 2:37 - around 7:52 pace - and the second half a very fast 4:04, which was 37 seconds quicker than the first half! "This day is for me and my country", said Dibaba, who is due to contest the 1500m heats tomorrow evening. "I was so focused on the race and the people in front of me".

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"I used my strengths and made the moves in the right places. I just thought "stay with them, be controlled" and I came off with silver this time". "Tomorrow in the 1500m I will try to get gold medal number two".

The second Russian/neutral title came in the women's high jump, Lasitskene regaining the world title she shared back in 2014 under her maiden name of Kucina.

Doyle battled Wimbley for the inside track space with 200 metres to go and took up a strong position, only for Wimbley to hunt her down in the home straight with Okolo in a class of her own. Germany's Mateusz Przybylko claimed a bronze with 2.29m.

In a fast race that saw the victor, Courtney Okolo of the United States, record a lifetime best of 50.55secs, Doyle struck on the final lap to move into third before surviving a late charge from Poland's Justyna Swiety-Ersetic at the line.

That early promise is yet to yield major medals though after she finished 28th at the 2015 world championships, sixth at the 2016 Olympics and fifth at last year's world championships in London. "It's not my preferred event so to do this is incredible".

Doyle, 31, entered the individual 400m to test her flat speed and prepare for the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast next month. "It was a good race for me".

"I had to send a few emails saying: 'I've got a big competition coming up, is it OK if I have a couple of days?' They were fine about it".

  • Lawrence Cooper