BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Feb 17): Double European indoor champion Laura Muir won the 3000m title at the British Indoor Championships in 8:46.71, covering the last kilometre in a fast 2:42.93 to defeat Eilish McColgan (8:50.87) who also qualified for the 1500m final in 4:22.57. Asha Philip won the 60m title in 7.12 ahead of Daryll Neita in 7.26 (7.24 PB in semi) and Bianca Williams in 7.28 (7.26 PB in semi) while CJ Ujah won the men’s 60m final in 6.56 from Andrew Robertson in 6.62. World and European indoor champion Richard Kilty was a non-starter after winning his semifinal in 6.68.
Another European indoor champion Andrew Pozzi recovered from a poor start to win the 60m hurdles title in 7.58 from Dave King (7.63 PB) but there was an upset in the women’s 60m hurdles with Megan Marrs winning in a 8.16 PB. Also on the track, Jake Wightman defeated Charlie Grice in the 1500m, 3:43.83 to 3:44.57 with Chris O’Hare a late withdrawal. Katarina Johnson-Thompson showed promising form ahead of the pentathlon at the World Indoor Championships with 6.71m in the long jump (also 6.62m and 6.57m) while reigning two-time champion Greg Rutherford returned from injury to claim the indoor title with 7.80m from Ireland’s Adam McMullen (7.75m). Eilidh Doyle was the fastest for the 400m final with 52.11 in the semifinal after 52.66 in the heats.