Laura Muir is looking forward to the 1500m semi-final following a comfortable heat

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Laura Muir
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Katie Snowden also advanced to the semi-finals of the 1500m in Tokyo on Monday, clocking four minutes 3.89 seconds; the semi-finals will be held on Wednesday.

Laura Muir of Team GB has warned that she is saving her best for last after qualifying for the semi-finals of the 1500m Olympic competition.

On Monday in Tokyo, the Scot clocked four minutes 3.89 seconds to advance to the next round Wednesday.

Laura Muir, the European champion, finished second in her heat behind Gabriela DeBues-Stafford of Canada and felt that she still had plenty left in the tank.

“You don’t want to disrespect any of the girls out here,” she said before of Wednesday’s semis, “but I want to save as much as I can for the final.”

“It went as smoothly as it could have gone – I’ve been in Japan for a few weeks now, so I’m feeling extremely prepared, and it’s going great.”

“It didn’t feel that fast, which is a nice thing.” I really wanted to get through to the next round as quickly as possible. So that was a lot of fun today, and I’m looking forward to the semi-final.”

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, a rival and favourite, collapsed at the start of the final lap in her heat but still won after a remarkable final 350m to overhaul the field. Hassan is aiming for victories in the 1500m, 5,000m, and 10,000m races.

Hassan attempted but failed, to leapfrog Kenya’s Edinah Jebitok, who tripped right in front of her at the start of the last lap as racers jostled for the place.

Faced with a stunning elimination, the Dutch runner sprinted past a handful of runners down the back straight, had caught up to the front pack by the last bend, and won from Jessica Hull of Australia and Elinor Purrier St. Pierre of the United States after charging down the home straight.

Hassan had already qualified for the 5,000m final at the Olympic Stadium later Monday, though the energy she used in the 1,500 heats could catch up to her when she returns in the evening session to aim for her first gold of the Games.

At the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Hassan won the 1,500m and 10,000m double. She has stated that she will compete in the Olympics in the 10,000m. At the same Olympics, no athlete has ever won gold in the 1500m, 5,000m, or 10,000m.

Hassan’s demanding schedule requires her to compete in six races in eight days in the sweltering Tokyo heat.

Katie Snowden of Team GB also made it through in four minutes and 02.77 seconds, while Revee Walcott-Nolan lost out by 0.01 seconds.

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