New Zealand's Julian Oakley makes 3000m final at world indoor athletics champs

  • New Zealand's Julian Oakley makes 3000m final at world indoor athletics champs

New Zealand's Julian Oakley makes 3000m final at world indoor athletics champs

Chepkoech has scored impressive victories in the IAAF World Indoor Tour, winning with national indoor records in Dusseldorf (4:04.21) and Glasgow (4:02.21) to settle for the overall series title.

The 24-year-old took up the early running as Dibaba made a poor start but it was Dibaba who stretched her legs with a well timed surge and the Ethiopian ultimately produced a quite exceptional final 1500m to romp to gold, with the Ethiopian-born Dutch runner, Sifan Hassan, bustling out Muir on the line to snatch silver.

Why do we look like we have forgotten that we have a team representing us at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham this weekend?

Dibaba held her form in covering that last circuit in 30.44 but even faster were her two pursuers.

Other possible medal contenders were expected to be Shelby Houlihan, who finished with a 28-second last 200m to win the US Champs, Germany's European under-23 1500m champion Konstanze Klosterhalfen and former European 5000m champion Meraf Bahta of Sweden.

On Friday Danish Joachim Olsen, who won shot put bronze in 2006 will receive his silver medal, while German Ralf Bartels, who was also promoted to silver having won bronze at the 2010 championships in Doha will receive his medal on Saturday. This is a great competition and the race was fantastic.

The 21 year olds coach Jeremy McColl said she was in good shape and is confident of good a showing in Birmingham at 7:00am on Sunday (NZ time). "We were booked on a couple of flights but they were all cancelled and it was just a matter of getting down".

"I guess on the first night you want to do well", Muir said. The 25-year-old is head and shoulders above the rest right now, not least when cruising over 2.01m when the rest around her faltered and she duly reclaimed the World Indoor title that she previously won in 2014.

Muir will miss April's Commonwealth Games though as she studies for her final veterinary exams at the University of Glasgow in May. We couldn't see the bonnet, the windscreen wipers were freezing and it took six hours. Tomorrow she's back in the first round of the 1500m.

He said: 'My aim is a medal, that's what I am hoping for.

A popular victor in Birmingham would be Marie Josee Ta Lou, the Ivorian who agonisingly had to settle for silver in both sprints at last year's outdoor championships.