Laura Muir completed the double double with her second gold medal of the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke upgraded her 2017 silver to a gold in the 800m. There were also silver medals for Jamie Webb (800m), Tim Duckworth (heptathlon), Holly Bradshaw (pole vault) and the women's 4x400m relay team. The GB&NI team won 12 gold medals between them - 9 by the women; it was the most they had won at a European Indoors.
Laura was the clear favourite in the 1500m, and she duly demolished the field with a turbo-charged final 300m after leading from the gun. She admitted the double was a challenge: “I set myself a big test this weekend. There was a lot of pressure on me but I’m so pleased to have done the job and win the double gold. It’s so special for me to do this on my home track. It was such a big opportunity for me so I’m so glad I could deliver.”
Shelayna's gold came in a more open 800m, but she led from gun to tape, controlling the race. “I’m just so pleased. I loved the feeling of crossing the finish line knowing I’d won gold,” commented an ecstatic Oskan-Clarke. "I decided beforehand I wanted to go out and focus on getting out in front because I wanted it to be a bit quicker. I would then just work really hard on the third lap. I knew at 150m I just wanted to go, and remembered to pump my arms and turn my legs. I know I’m strong, but it is just about making the right moves at the right times. It’s hard indoors because if you don’t do that, it’s too late. I wanted to be out there early and hold on for home. I knew I’d have no regrets then.”
Jamie Webb with a gutsy run, clocked an indoor PB for his silver medal. Tim Duckworth came into the second day of the heptathlon in the lead, but knowing he had his work cut out. He slipped to second after the hurdles to eventual gold medalist Jorge Urena. A slightly disappointing pole vault meant he needed to knock 6 seconds off his best 1000m time to have any chance of holding onto second, which he duly did.
Holly Bradshaw and Russian Sidorova, competing as a neutral athlete, were left to fight it out for gold after 4.65m. Holly cleared 4.75m but Sidorova was in supreme form. The 4x400m team comprising Laviai Nielsen, Zoey Clark, Amber Anning and Eilidh Doyle broke free from the rest of the field on the last lap to challenge the Polish quartet, closing them down, but in the end settling for silver.