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Muir did what she set out to do and won the double-double in Glasgow..

Laura Muir reacts to her double-double on a glorious day for British athletes in Glasgow

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We're running out of superlatives to describe Laura Muir.

As the poster-girl of the European Athletics Indoor Championships, she opened herself up to pressure by gunning for the 'double-double' but did anybody really think that she would fail?

Muir has been in remarkable form throughout the winter and victory in the 1,500 metre final on Sunday night was confirmation of her European dominance in recent years.

She retained the continental medals that she had won in Belgrade without truly being threatened, delivering herculean 400-metre finishes that lifted the Emirates Arena to its feet.

Speaking to GiveMeSport after her moment of history, she reflected: "I'm just really really happy, I really believed as well.

Glory in Glasgow for Muir

"I set myself a really big challenge this weekend, to go for the double, and the competition I was against was much harder than last time.

"So yes it was tough, but I'm so pleased that I could go out there and deliver what I wanted to do in front of a home crowd."

But what about those indefatigable finishes? Well, Muir believes there's no secret behind her strong final laps and puts it all down to endurance coaching under the wing of Andy Young.

2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships - Day Three

The secret to Muir's strong finishes

"You'll have to ask the coach!" she remarked.

"You know, he's great, the way he chooses sessions, we've got that endurance and then we've got that speed. Then we can hold that speed at a fast pace.

"It's all in the training and working really, really hard. There's not really any secret, it's just working really hard in training and the design of the training itself."

Of course, performing in front of the Glasgow crowd made the double-double even sweeter for Muir, who admitted that she could barely hear anything amidst the partisan support.

She delighted in the home backing and reflected: "It's been amazing, I don't think I'm ever going to be with a crowd and get that kind of reception again in my career. 

"I don't think anything we ever match it, so to receive that reception twice was just brilliant and something I'm going to cherish for the rest of my career."  

A glorious day for team Britain 

It's credit to the Glasgow crowd that they maintained such an incredible atmosphere deep into the evening session, with the 13 finals triggering an avalanche of medals for the home team.

The mixed zone became a conveyor belt of British athletes treasuring their medals on what turned out to be a glorious day in Scotland.

Jamie Webb was absolutely delighted to claim silver in the men's 800m, while Shelayna Oskan-Clarke stormed her way to gold in the women's race.

Two days after Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Niamh Emerson medalled in the pentathlon, there was further multi-eventing success as Tim Duckworth bagged himself a decathlon silver. 

2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships - Day Two

Holly Bradshaw also stepped on to the second step of the podium as she continued her remarkable indoor season by overcoming Olympic and World champion Katerina Stefanidi.

Then, to end the programme in style, the British quartet of Zoey Clark, Laviai Nielsen, Amber Anning and Eilidh Doyle - who ran a stunning 51.5-second anchor leg - medalled in the 4x400m relay.

In a remarkable day of competition in Glasgow, it was the double-double for Muir but also a glorious sextuple for the British team. 

Who has been the star-performer for Britain this weekend? Have your say in the comments section below.

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