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Now leaving Birmingham with two world indoor medals, Laura Muir's £1,500 taxi ride down from Scotland seems like very good value indeed.

A sold-out Oregon Convention Center witnessed American Jenn Suhr win her first pole vault world title while France's Renaud Lavillenie won the men's gold on the opening day of the championships in the USA two years ago.

Muir went into this event as the double European indoor champion but her global record against tougher opposition had previously been less convincing.

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba won her third consecutive world indoor 3,000-meter title Thursday, holding off Sifan Hassan of The Netherlands and Britain's Laura Muir on the last lap at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, U.K.

Liz's daughter Eilish was Muir's team-mate here and, like Muir, is doubling up at 1500m.

"I'm very happy to be indoor 3000m champion for a third time".

For Muir, the decision to double up over 1500m and 3,000m took serious consideration, particularly with the demands of 12-hour night shifts and course work towards her veterinary science finals at Glasgow University.

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia became the third athlete to win the women's 3000m title at the IAAF World Indoor Championships on at least three occasions in an exciting climax to the first day which had a sparse but enthusiastic home crowd cheering the narrow but growing possibility of a home victor in Laura Muir on the last lap.

"I am looking forward to racing (sic) at the IAAF World Indoor Championships tomorrow (today) night", Obiri (pictured) wrote on her official Twitter handle. The Ethiopian's 400m up to the bell was a vicious 62.43 and she was now clear but Hassan and Muir were in hot pursuit and began to close along the back straight.

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia, perhaps predictably, completed the double with a dominant 1,500m gold to add to her 3,000m title with a time of 4:05.27. This is a great competition and the race was fantastic. "This day is for me and my country", said Dibaba, who is due to contest the 1500m heats tomorrow evening.

Dibaba held her form in covering that last circuit in 30.44 but even faster were her two pursuers. "I've not seen the race back".

Birmingham-based Robbie Grabarz, who shared the Olympic bronze medal in 2012 and took silver in Portland, is the local hope. I ran as hard as I could.

"I had to send a few emails saying: 'I've got a big competition coming up, is it OK if I have a couple of days?' They were fine about it". "I just need to wipe the memory of today's race and go into it with a clean slate and a fresh attitude".

"I feel I'm improving every year and getting stronger".

Dibaba crossed the finish-line in 8:45.05, a finishing time made respectable courtesy of a scintillating final kilometer of 2:37.43. The European 60m hurdles champion was the quickest qualifier in the field in 7.53sec.

'I've previously finished fourth, sixth and seventh in world (and Olympic) finals before so to win two medals this time around is fantastic.

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