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A track official tried to stop a victory lap, but the runner was simply too fast

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 6/03/2017 Cindy Boren
Laura Muir celebrated winning the 1500-meter final at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade. © Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images Laura Muir celebrated winning the 1500-meter final at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

Moments after winning the 1,500-meter race at the European Athletics Indoor Championships, Laura Muir set off to take a victory lap around the Belgrade track.

A track official, though, had other ideas and tried her best to thwart her, citing a tight timetable. Muir, a 23-year-old runner from Scotland, was having none of it. And, remember, she is really, really fast. With a couple of sidesteps, she was off and running for one more lap.

“I had to fight for that didn’t I?” Muir, a 23-year-old from Scotland, said afterward. “They said: ‘We don’t have time.’ I thought it’s my first medal. I’m not going to lose out on my lap of honor. I’m going. Andy, my coach, was saying: ‘Do it,’ so I got there in the end.

“I couldn’t really believe what she was saying. But I thought: ‘At the end of the day, she won’t be able to catch me.’”

Muir, a veterinary student at the University of Glasgow, won her first gold medal in a major race and set a championship record with a time of 4 minutes, 2.39 seconds, breaking the 32-year-old mark of 4:02:54 set by Romania’s Doina Melinte.

Muir will try for another victory lap Sunday, running in the 3,000 final in a bid to win both races, a feat last accomplished 10 years ago in the championships by Poland’s Lidia Chojecka.

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