GB’s Philip & O’Hare win European Indoor medals in Glasgow

GB’s O’Hare wins 3,000m silver after thrilling finale
European Indoor Championships
Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow Dates: 1-3 March
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Asha Philip and Chris O’Hare added to Great Britain’s medal tally on day two of the European Indoor Championships.

Defending champion Philip failed to retain her title but pipped fellow Briton Kristal Awuah to bronze in the 60m, won by Poland’s Ewa Swoboda.

Richard Kilty, seeking a third title, was fourth in men’s 60m event.

Scot Chris O’Hare outsprinted Henrik Ingebrigtsen in the final 50 metres to clinch 3,000m silver as the Norwegian’s younger brother Jakob took gold.

Poland now lead the medal table from Great Britain following successes for Swoboda in the 60m and Pawel Wojciechowski in the men’s pole vault.

‘It was dead close’ – O’Hare delighted with silver

Britain’s Chris O’Hare (left and near side) just did enough to win silver

The likely winner of the men’s 3,000m was not really up for debate but the other two podium spots were up for grabs.

After a pedestrian first three-quarters of the race, the competition for the medals began when Jakob Ingebrigtsen and his brother Henrik moved to the front as O’Hare kept within close range.

The younger Ingebrigtsen then broke clear in the final 100 metres, leaving a battle for silver which O’Hare won by three-thousandths of a second despite a courageous dive on the line by Henrik.

O’Hare, 28, who trains at Harvard University, told BBC Sport: “After the Europeans outdoor last year I was in a pretty dark place. If it wasn’t for my wife and my son and my parents and siblings and my support team, I would have given up.

“I sat on a wall in Berlin [where the competition was held] with my mum and dad and it was like: ‘This is too hard. It’s not worth it any more.’

“I’d been away at that point for three months from my wife and my son and I thought, ‘Nah, it’s not worth it’. It’s not an easy thing to come back from disappointment after disappointment and being in a good place and still being disappointed. So I’m glad to come in here fit and healthy and show what I’m capable of.”

Philip joy, but Kilty despair

Neither Philip nor Kilty managed to retain their titles, but there were contrasting emotions after their finals.

Philip, 28, had a good start but could not keep pace with the in-form Swoboda, who won in 7.09 seconds. Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers, better known for her 100m and 200m outdoor sprinting, took silver (7.14) with Philip third in 7.15. She recorded the same time as 19-year-old Awuah, but was given bronze in a photo finish.

Philip told BBC Sport: “Everybody wants to win gold, but I’m happy to get a medal.

“But to get that medal instead of Kristal is heartbreaking. However, she set a new personal best in the final and I have such high hopes for her.”

Kilty was hoping for his third successive European indoor title, but his road to Glasgow was not smooth. Following an Achilles injury last year, the 29-year-old from Teesside was initially left out of this British squad having failed to achieve the qualification standard of 6.60 seconds.

However, organisers handed him an invite to the competition.

Having navigated his way to the final he failed to reproduce his performances of Prague and Belgrade as he finished fourth in 6.66, behind Slovakia’s winner Jan Volko (6.60).

He told BBC Sport: “It’s heartbreaking coming here and performing like that. Even though I’ve been on a tough road, I don’t like to perform like that. Not to win is a failure for me.”

GB hope to finish with flurry of medals

European Indoor Championships: Laura Muir wins 3,000m gold in Glasgow

Earlier, 2013 champion Holly Bradshaw only needed to produce one effort of 4.50m to secure her place in Sunday’s women’s pole vault final (18:05 GMT). Greece’s Katerina Stefanidi, the defending and Olympic champion, and 2015 Russian champion Anzhelika Sidorova, who is competing in Glasgow as a neutral, joined the Blackburn Harrier.

World indoor and defending champion Andy Pozzi safely navigated his way into Sunday’s 60m hurdles semi-finals (11:05 GMT) by recording a season’s best of 7.62 seconds in his heat. His team-mate David King (7.66) also made it through.

Britons Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, who won silver two years ago, and Mari Smith qualified for Sunday’s women’s 800m final (19:18 GMT) and Jamie Webb secured his spot in the men’s final. Team captain Guy Learmonth fell during Webb’s race and impeded Mark English, although the Irishman was later given a spot in the final.

And Tim Duckworth leads the men’s heptathlon with 3,533 points going into the final three events. Sweden’s Frederik Samuelsson is in second place with 3,475.

Laura Muir will be hoping to complete her European indoor double-double with victory in the women’s 1500m final (20:12 GMT), which is the last individual race on the track.


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