Tokyo Olympics: Laura Muir progresses, Sifan Hassan falls however wins, Shericka Jackson exits

Laura Muir


Great Britain’s Laura Muir said she is “more prepared than ever” after easing through the Tokyo 2020 1500m heats in her pursuit of a first Olympic medal.

Muir clocked four minutes 3.89 seconds to finish second. Six athletes from each heat progress to the semi-finals.

In a dramatic moment, world 1500m champion Sifan Hassan fell with 400m to go but won her heat in 4:05.17.

Great Britain’s Katie Snowden qualified sixth in her heat in 4:02.77 but Revee Walcott-Nolan came seventh to miss out.

Walcott-Nolan’s 4:06.23 was a PB but left her seventh in the list of fastest losers, with six going through. Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon – the Olympic champion – clocked the quickest time overall with 4:01.40.

Muir finished seventh in the 1500m final at Rio 2016

Muir, though, is Great Britain’s major medal hope in the event and, having decided not compete in the 800m, her Tokyo campaign started with a routine heat as she came home behind Canada’s Gabriela Debues-Stafford.

“It’s really nice to get that first…