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A real victory lap: Athlete fights off official after win

Laura Muir of Great Britain poses after winning the Women's 3000m final at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade
Laura Muir of Great Britain poses after winning the Women's 3000m final at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade SRDJAN SUKI

ATHLETICS: Nobody puts Laura Muir in the corner.

After winning the 1500m in record fashion at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade this past weekend, a race official repeatedly blocked British runner Laura Muir from taking a victory lap.

In an effort to keep the competition on schedule and prevent Muir from properly relishing her first win, the official moved laterally to impede Muir's movement, held up her arms and pointed her away off the track.

 

 

It was better defence than anything seen at the NBA All-Star Game. Muir appeared to finally relent but then decided, hey, screw it, and made a break past the official.

"I had to fight for that didn't I?" said a smiling Muir afterwards, per the Guardian. "They said: 'We don't have time.' I thought it's my first medal. I'm not going to lose out on my lap of honour. I'm going. Andy, my coach, was saying: 'Do it,' so I got there in the end.

"I couldn't really believe what she was saying. But I thought: 'At the end of the day, she won't be able to catch me.'"

News Corp Australia

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