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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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 A new free app will support vital work in clinics caring for stray dogs around the world, experts say. Created by the University of Edinburgh, the tool allows vets to track the wellbeing of dogs going through catch-neuter-return schemes, which are common in countries with large numbers of strays.

Vets say the welfare of individual dogs can be overlooked during the process of capture, transport or surgery. The app, piloted across Asia and Africa, helps staff to monitor welfare, spot signs of distress and develop strategies to improve care. It was launched at BSAVA Congress on Friday 6 April.  

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