Great Britain's Laura Muir wins second gold at European Indoor Athletics championships as Asha Philip takes 60m title

Double champion | Laura Muir won two gold medals in Belgrade: AFP/Getty Images

It was her fourth race in three days and she took the start line on just five hours sleep but Laura Muir cemented her name in the European record books yet again with a run to gold as dominant as the first.

This time, there was no official blocking her run as she jogged a lap of the track in celebration, the two-time champion in her coming-of-age event, while Asha Philip ensured the first ever sprint double for Britain at these European Athletics Indoor Championships with a British record in the 60metres.

It took Britain’s tally to five golds for the championships, with additional silvers coming on the night from Lorraine Ugen with another British record - this time in the long jump of 6.94m, Robbie Grabarz in the high jump, 800m runner Shelayne Oskan-Clarke and the women’s 4x400m relay quartet.

The ten-medal tally from three days was Britain’s best ever at the European Indoors - matching the same feat from Birmingham in 2007 - but not quite enough for top spot in the medal standings, which went to Poland.

For the second successive day, Muir broke the championship record, on this occasion slicing nearly four seconds off the mark as she made Yasemin Can, a world-class athlete in her own right and the only athlete that could go with Muir, look distinctly average by comparison.

The 20-year-old Turk is the current European champion over the 5000m and 10000m and tried to raise the tempo throughout the race to break Muir, whose coach Andy Young admitted he was fearful what she had left in her legs after so much running in Belgrade.

As it turned out, the 23-year-old’s trademark kick was applied with 300m to go and, from there, it was simply a race against the clock, although afterwards she insisted it had been far from plain sailing.

Comparisons were drawn to Mo Farah, who has had a penchant in his races of going at a similar point to the finish.

But Muir said: “I don’t know about that. I think he can run a bit quicker than me. I just knew that’s where my strengths lie. I knew what Can would likely do being an endurance athlete so I needed to kick as much as I could.”

Inevitable comparisons have been drawn that she is Britain’s female equivalent such is her distance range, or a worthy successor to the likes of Paula Radcliffe and Kelly Holmes, whose records she has decimated in the past season.

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But Radcliffe insisted she was a one of a kind, arguably the best female distance runner this country has ever boasted. Whether that materialises, remains to be seen but she has laid down a marker in some style to Genzebe Dibaba, who has in recent seasons hogged the distance headlines.

Muir had struggled to get to sleep until 3am so excited was she by her 1500m gold while her roommate Eilidh Doyle joked that the veterinary student had experienced “vet dreams” in her sleep. Their fellow Scot, Eilish McColgan, produced a strong finish to sneak the bronze.

Dissecting her race, the Scot said: “Halfway through the race I was thinking I’m feeling a bit tired, and I was hoping she [Can] wasn’t going to ramp it up anymore. I managed to hang in there and knew I had the kick so I just waited and then I went for it.”

Her goal now is to double up at London 2017 over the 1500m and 5000m, while Philip will be hoping she can translate her 60m speed over the 100m come the summer.

Undeterred by a faulty start, Philips regrouped to break the national record in a time of 7.06s for an unexpected gold, her first individual medal of any kind at global level and leaving her disbelieving at the finish.

“I crossed the line and overheard my name but you don’t believe it until you see it,” she said. “I came here for the win and I got that.”

Philip had previously won European relay gold and silver, and picked up a 4x100m bronze at the Rio Olympics, results the former gymnast said acted as a springboard to her Belgrade success.

“Having success in the relay has really pushed me on, having the team around me and sharing that experience with them has made me want it more for myself. It’s a nice feeling to go out and do it for myself.”

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Elsewhere on the night, Grabarz put his recent surgery for a burst appendix behind him for his best jump of the season to win gold, a feat matched by Oskan-Clarke in a combative four laps of the track.

Ugen was no match for home favourite Ivana Spanovic, who delighted the crowd in the Kombank Arena with a best jump of 7.24m, the longest by anyone indoors since 1989, but there was no disgrace in her silver as she edged ever closer to the seven-metre mark.

The final medal, another silver, came in the penultimate event as Laviai Neilsen came up just short of reeling in Poland on the last leg.

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