On her way to the win . . . Laura Muir at Gateshead (photo via Diamond League/British Athletics)
Laura Muir blew the opposition away at a wet and windy Gateshead to open her Wanda Diamond League season in typical fashion.
The Scot won the Women’s 1500m finale to the Sunday evening action in England’s North-East by a full four seconds from the best of the rest.
It was a strong performance from Muir on a night when Andy Butchart also did well to take a sixth place finish in a Men’s 5000m where the times were significantly affected by the tough conditions.
After two 1:58 runs at 800m in America, Laura pulled clear just before the bell to land a dominant win in 4:03.73, coming home four seconds ahead of Morocco’s Rababe Arafi.
Katie Snowden also continued her excellent form by finishing third in 4:08.92, while Eilish McColgan was sixth with a time of 4:10.48 and Adelle Tracey eighth in a season’s best of 4:10.93.
It had been good to see Giffnock North AC athlete, Erin Wallace, on pace-making duty in the first couple of laps.
The long-standing stadium record of 4:00.57 did not come under threat due to the less than helpful weather but, as Muir pointed out: ‘Today wasn’t about times, it was about getting out there and getting a win in front of a home crowd.
‘I’m really, really pleased, I just wanted to sit in and use my strength over the last half, which I did.
‘I’ll have to watch the race back, but it went really well. I did feel it in the home straight and it was a shame it was that last 100m as well when you are tiring, but I still felt really strong.’
Action from the Men’s 5000m race at Gateshead (photo via Diamond League/British Athletics)
Andy Butchart took sixth in the Men’s 5000m at the Diamond League opener at Gateshead tonight.
Conditions were tough to say the least as Andy clocked a solid 13:23.73 with the race won in 13:08 by Spanish athlete Mohamed Katir.
Earlier, Nikki Manson cleared 1.84 in the high jump with a Season’s Best performance.
Libby Clegg was second in her mixed classification 200m race with 30.07 and Maria Lyle seventh in her mixed classification 100m with 14.84.
In a 200m race, Ross Paterson clocked 24.84 and Alexander Thomson at 25.09.
All four of those athletes – Libby, Maria, Ross and Alexander – were preparing for the WPA Europeans coming up in Poland early next week.
Seasons best, attempts at an outdoor PB and 6th at my first Diamond League💎💎
Good day at a rainy Gateshead 😊 https://t.co/QD8N2EPUIZ
— Nikki Manson (@Mansonn15) May 23, 2021
Very windy at Gateshead, felt like I never left 🏴Enjoyed racing at the 💎 League again! My race will be on the highlight show💪🏻 Huge thanks to @paisleyphysio for getting me race ready! 🏃🏻♂️🚀🇬🇧 @TeamSportsAid @kilbarchanaac @scotathletics @RedStarAC pic.twitter.com/oPPyIKOdZB
— Ross Paterson🐼🏁 (@PandaRoss_1998) May 23, 2021