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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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Newborn okapi named after Meghan Markle

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 An endangered okapi recently born at London Zoo has been named Meghan - after Prince Harry’s fiancé Meghan Markle - in celebration of the upcoming royal wedding. Okapis are classed as endangered in the wild, having suffered ongoing declines since 1995. Zookeeper Gemma Metcalf said: “We’re very pleased with how mother and baby are doing. Oni is being very attentive, making sure she regularly licks her clean and keeping a watchful eye over Meghan as she sleeps.” Image © ZSL London Zoo  

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Ten new cases of Alabama rot confirmed

Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists has confirmed 10 new cases of Alabama rot, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 122.

In a Facebook post, the referral centre said the cases were from County Durham, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, Sussex, West Somerset, Devon, and Powys.

Pet owners are urged to remain vigilant and seek advice from their vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions/sores.