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Double gold for vet student Laura Muir
Laura Muir during 1500m Women run in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
First major international title won at Belgrade  

Glasgow veterinary student Laura Muir has won double gold at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

Muir triumphed in the 1500m, celebrating her first major international title, before winning the 3000m on the last day of the championships.

She broke the 32-year-old 1500m championship record and British record, completing it in 4:02.39. Her win in the 3000m saw her beat Turkey’s Yasemin Can - the reigning European champion for 5000m, 10,000m and cross country - by nearly eight seconds.

Her winning time of 8:35.67 also topped the championships record set in 1996.

Muir commented: “I never envisaged breaking the British record, it’s brilliant”.

Muir’s success follows a winter season during which she broke the European indoor records for 1000m and 3000m, as well as a number of domestic records.

IAAF Athletics president and compatriot Sebastian Coe, said: “She's in that purple patch of her career that athletes get into and it strikes me that she is stepping out onto the track thinking she is not going to be beaten.”

 

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Vets save premature penguin chick

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 Vets have saved a tiny Humboldt penguin chick after her egg was accidentally broken by her parents. Keepers at ZSL London Zoo were shocked to find the chick, named Rainbow, still alive and rushed her straight to the Zoo’s on-site veterinary clinic.

It was a little way to go until the chick should have hatched, so the process was touch and go. Vets removed bits of shell from around the chick with tweezers until she could be lifted out and placed in a makeshift nest.

Rainbow is now in a custom-built incubation room where she spends her days cuddled up to a toy penguin. Keepers will hand-fed Rainbow for the next 10 weeks until she is healthy enough to move to the penguin nursery.  

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