LAURA MUIR stormed through to tomorrow’s 1500metres final — but not without a battle.
The Scot, who is among the favourites for gold in Doha, looked strong finishing third in a bunched finish in her semi-final last night.
Muir came home behind American Jenny Simpson and her training partner Gabriela Debues-Stafford of Canada in four minutes, 01.05 seconds. The trio were the three fastest qualifiers for the final but it is Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan who is quickest in the world this year.
Muir, whose season has been hampered by a calf injury sustained at the Muller Anniversary Games in London in July, will be among the favourites for gold with 2015 champion Genzebe Dibaba out injured.
Sarah McDonald was run out of the first semi-final, finishing sixth.
All Wight on the night for British middle-distance men
Britain’s men’s 1500m trio all made it safely into the semi-finals, with Jake Wightman, Josh Kerr and Neil Gourley qualifying from last night’s heats.
Wightman was fourth in heat one in three minutes, 37.72 seconds while Kerr was second in heat two behind London 2017 silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot.
Gourley’s fourth place in heat three made it a hat-trick. Sophie McKinna could not repeat her personal best throw of 18.61m in qualifying as she ended 11th in the shot put final.
■ NICK MILLER has seen his appeal against being eliminated at the halfway stage of the hammer final rejected. The Briton felt the second-round foul which could have put him in medal contention was a legal throw. Spaniard Orlando Ortega was awarded 110metres hurdles bronze after being obstructed in the final.