Date: 6 Aug 2021

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Muir and Ahmed win Olympic Silver in Tokyo

Laura Muir claimed her silver medal as she smashed the British Reecord to finish behind Kenyan defending champion Faith Kipyegon in the 1500m Olympic final in Tokyo.

Her time of 3 minutes 54.50 seconds is an improvement on Muir’s own 2016 British record of 3:55.22.

The culmination of a near-decade-long quest for a major medal hit Muir after the finish line as she slumped to the track.

“I’ve worked so hard for so long,” she said.

Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed also won silver in the men’s 5,000-metre race.

Ahmed ran in a time of 12:58:61. Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda took gold with a time of 12:58:15 and American Paul Chelimo claimed the bronze.

Ahmed had hung in the middle of a tight pack of runners for much of the race, but managed to sprint on the last lap to challenge the leaders.

It’s Canada’s first Olympic medal in the men’s 5,000 m, and it’s fitting that Ahmed delivered it.

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