Laura Muir She won the fifth European Indoor Championship title in the women’s 1500 meters in Istanbul with gold.
Scotsman Muir, who took Olympic silver in Tokyo, advanced on the court to finish in four minutes 03.40 seconds ahead of Romania’s Claudia Bobocea and Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui in the final lap.
Katie Snowden finished fifth and her English teammate Ellie Baker was 11th.
Muir’s victory at Ataköy Arena made the Dundee Hawkhill runner Britain’s most successful athlete at the European Indoor Championships. colin jackson and Jason Gardener.
“I didn’t really know what to expect, and all my racing plans were blown out the window when it went this fast,” Muir, 29, told BBC Sport.
“At the end of the day you have to adapt at 1,500 meters and it finally worked.
“I am now in a place where I am experienced and able to deal with different things. I’m just so happy.
“I was pretty nervous going into this championship because I didn’t think I was at my best.
“But with courage and determination, I was still hoping that I could come here and win. As you get older, you realize the value of these opportunities.”
Elsewhere, the defending champion Keely Hodgkinson He reached the final in the 800m.
Hodgkinson, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Friday, finished second at the World Championships in Eugene last year and also won the 2022 European outdoor title in Tokyo, as well as Olympic silver.
He had no chance in the heat of the semifinals and stepped forward to win at two minutes 00.05 seconds.
“Sometimes you have to keep the rhythm up rather than trying to slow down,” Hodgkinson said.
“I am happy and feeling good, so I look forward to tomorrow.
“It’s still the same plan as usual (in the finale) because you never know what will happen.
“Hopefully I can have a safe race tomorrow and come back with what I did last time.”
Issy Boffey, however, was unable to advance to Sunday’s final as she was weakened in the closing stages of her race, though Guy Learmonth finished fifth in her own race and advanced to the men’s 800m final.
Great Britain’s team captain Jazmin Sawyers advanced to the final in the long jump with a single 6.71m attempt.
“I don’t normally complete the qualification in one go, so it feels pretty good. I should do this more often,” Sawyers said.
“I know I’m in good shape so I wasn’t too surprised and felt very controlled.
“I thought I could beat the 6.75m mark, but if I can open like that in the first round, that’s encouraging before the final.”
Jack Rowe and James West finished first in the men’s 3,000 meters as British champions david king The men competed in the 60 meter hurdles.
However, in the men’s 60m final, both Jeremiah Azu and Reece Prescod failed to reach the podium.