Laura Muir decimates field to win 1500m gold
Muir claimed victory in four minutes 2.75 seconds.
Laura Muir stormed to 1500m gold at the Commonwealth Games to collect her second medal in 24 hours.
The Scot decimated the field at the Alexander Stadium to win on the final day of the athletics.
Muir won 800m bronze on Saturday – after an appeal over the photo finish from Jamaica was rejected – to claim her first ever Commonwealth Games medal.
Just a day later she claimed victory in four minutes 2.75 seconds ahead of Northern Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Australia’s Abbey Caldwell.
Muir made the decision to kick with 500m to go and she was too strong for the rest of the field to live with.
"I just thought my strength is in my kick and I just tried to trust it and hope nobody would catch me," Muir said.
"I ran as hard as I could to the line."
Muir reflected on her past Commonwealth Games disappointments and was delighted to land her second medal.
“I think I would have said to the Laura Muir of 2014 ‘your time will come’ (after finishing 11th at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games)," Muir added.
“It’s rotten at the time but you learn from it and you come back stronger. This meant a lot to me – missing the Gold Coast (in 2018) as well, it’s been bugging me for eight years.
“It is so nice to come here and not just get one medal but two and in such a competitive field. Those girls are fast. It means a lot.”
I just thought my strength is in my kick and I just tried to trust it and hope nobody would catch me
Scotland won a second athletics medal of the night with 5000m silver for Eilish McColgan, who was unable to complete the golden double after her 10,000m victory earlier in the Games.
Kenya's 22-year-old star Beatrice Chebet had too much for McColgan on Sunday, kicking away from the Scot to take the top step of the podium, with compatriot Selah Busienei winning bronze.
Nigeria's Ese Brume set a new Games record distance of 7.00m to claim women's long jump gold.
The Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist finished clear of Australia's Brooke Buschkuehl and Ghana's Deborah Acquah.
Kenya's Wyclife Kinyamal stormed to victory in the men's 800m, taking gold ahead of Australia's Peter Bol and England's Ben Pattison.
Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem made history as he clinched the men's javelin title with a Games record winning PB throw of 90.18 metres ahead of silver medallist Anderson Peters of Grenada (88.64m), while 2016 Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya took bronze.
Nadeem became the first track and field athlete from Pakistan for 60 years to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with his victory.
He was delighted to beat favourite Peters to gold and to make history for his country at the same time.
He said: “I feel very happy and very proud. Since the Tokyo Olympics [where he became the first track and field athlete from Pakistan to qualify directly], I try to do my best for my country.
“I feel very pleased that I took a record. I am happy that the England ground is very lucky for me.
“Many people are watching live in Pakistan. This is the month of Pakistan Independence Day and I am happy to make this historic win on this day.”
The final athletics races of Birmingham 2022 were the men's and women's 4x400m finals.
Gold in the men's race went to Trinidad and Tobago, who edged Botswana into silver and Kenya into bronze.
England crossed the line first in the women's 4x400m final but Victoria Ohuruogu, Jodie Williams, Ama Pipi and Jessie Knight were stripped of their title after being disqualified, with the gold handed to Canada.
Williams stepped out of her lane during the second leg and their appeal was rejected, meaning Canada took the victory with Jamaica second and Scotland were promoted to bronze.
England did not appeal after reviewing the footage, accepting it would not have any grounds.