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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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Wildlife presenter to deliver keynote speech at BVA Congress

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 The BVA has confirmed wildlife presenter Mike Dilger will deliver the keynote speech at this yearís congress. Mike is known as ĎBritainís most diseased maní, having contracted a number of exotic diseases on his travels, including malaria, bilharzia and leishmaniasis. His talk, ĎMy diseases and other animalsí, promises to be an amusing and inspiring lecture on his travels in the tropics and his thoughts on how the mass media is influencing human engagement with wildlife and nature. The lecture will take place at 1pm on 16 November, in the BVA Congress Theatre at Londonís ExCeL. 

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