Laura Muir
Laura Muir “gave it everything” in 1,500m final at Rio 2016. Image © Mike Egerton / PA Wire.

Laura Muir admitted she paid the price for “going for gold” as her 1,500m hopes were dashed at the Rio Olympics.

The University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine student broke Kelly Holmes’ British record last month, but had to settle for seventh place in Rio as she tried to go with Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon and Ethiopia’s world record holder Genzebe Dibaba, only to be swallowed up by the field with 150m to go.

Tokyo target

Ms Muir crossed the line in 4:12.88 as Kipyegon beat Dibaba to the gold in 4:8.92. The 23 year-old declared herself “proud” with her run and now plans to be in peak condition for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

She said: “I knew Dibaba and Kipyegon would go at one point and I just had to stick with them and, hopefully, have the strength at the end to overhaul them, but I’m really proud of how I ran. I went for it, I wasn’t aiming for a top five, or third. I went for the gold.

“I gave it everything I could. I couldn’t have done any more, it just so happened that the legs weren’t in it. First Olympics, seventh is not quite what I wanted, but it will do.”

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