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The European indoor champion equalled his lifetime best of 2.33m in Trinec last month to finish second behind Lysenko.

She has always been earmarked as the leading home hope in the post-Mo Farah years, and that was supported with European indoor golds at 1500m and 3000m last year.

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia won a thrilling race to claim her third successive world indoor 3000m title as Laura Muir took the bronze.

She said: 'I thought if I could scrape a medal that would be great but to get a silver medal is better still. This day is for me and my country.

The European Athletics Indoor Championships are the latest major event to be awarded to Glasgow, with the city now preparing to co-host the inaugural multi-sport European Championships which take place in August this year.

This was Dibaba's 4th indoor world title (3 straight at 3000m, plus a 1500m title from 2012) tying Meseret Defar for the most ever by a long-distance runner (Maria Mutola won seven 800m titles indoors).

"It was a tactical race and I controlled all the competitors".

"The 2014 Commonwealth Games was an insight into just how well Scotland can play host to global sporting events, and I am sure that Glasgow 2019 will be another step forward in cementing Scotland's status as a first-class deliverer of world-class sporting events". "I'm excited for it; I love racing so I'm excited to race again", Houlihan said". I had to dig in on that last lap. I know I've been there or thereabouts, it was about time I got on the podium. I did not intend to lead, just to stay out of trouble and then it was a case of following the pace and trying to run on the inside but stay in contact and wait for the move. "And to get a European medal was brilliant but to get one on the world stage in a world class 3000m, to come through that field, I'm very happy".

Young added: "It was maybe the most stacked field of the championships, unless you also include the (women's) 1500m too!"

There was more disappointment for Great Britain in the women's high jump as Morgan Lake's season's best jump of 1.93m wasn't enough to sneak into the medal positions as she finished fourth, with Italy's Alessia Trost taking bronze. Gone are the obvious ones, like discus, javelin or hammer throw, and there's also no place on the roster for the 200m, 5 000m, 10 000m, 400m hurdles, 3 000m steeplechase, or 4x100m relays.


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