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High jump takes centre stage on opening day of world indoors

06 March 2018

Genzebe clocked 8:45.05 to win gold ahead of Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands who returned a seasons best of 8:45.68 to take home silver while home based Laura Muir settled for bronze in also a seasons best time of 8:45.78.

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.

Hassan trains as a member of the Nike Oregon Project.

The 31-year-old was given a host nation place for the World Indoor Championships after winning the British indoor title at Arena Birmingham earlier this month.

Giles, who initially finished fourth, was upgraded to third after Drew Windle was disqualified for an apparent obstruction while Doyle - in the final after being upgraded in the semi-final following disqualifications - took her first individual world medal.

US champion Shelby Houlihan, who trains with the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club, closed hard to take fifth in 8:50.38.

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The Scottish city of Glasgow has been chosen to host next year's European Athletics Indoor Championships.

Muir will miss April's Commonwealth Games though as she studies for her final veterinary exams at the University of Glasgow in May.

"I knew even if I got ahead I could carry on my running smoothly", Doyle told BBC Sport.

After a series of cancelled flights, Muir eventually arrived into Birmingham at just before midnight on Wednesday but only after a treacherous six-hour taxi ride from Scotland.

"This adds another accolade to my collection which is unbelievable", said Doyle, who has also won medals at the outdoor world titles.

After securing her first global medal in the 3,000m, she delivered again, later saying reaching the podium on Thursday gave her "confidence".

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Brittney Reese will be seeking her fourth world indoor long jump title, and Marquis Dendy will defend the men's version of that event. "I just need to wipe the memory of today's race and go into it with a clean slate and a fresh attitude". "I tried for the silver but I'm over the moon given the calibre of athlete in that race".

He said: 'My aim is a medal, that's what I am hoping for.

Co-captain Andrew Pozzi reached Sunday's 60m hurdles final when he qualified fastest in 7.53 seconds - a season's best - and he was joined by team-mate David King.

As soon as the second gun went off to signal a false start, Ujah was distraught. "It's not my preferred event so to do this is incredible".

As he continues his comeback from ankle and groin surgery, Rutherford has made a decision to miss the global event to regain full fitness ahead of the European Championships in Berlin in August. The little mistakes he made he can resolve with a drill session in his warm-up.

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High jump takes centre stage on opening day of world indoors