Team GB’s Laura Muir has gone through to the semi-finals of the 1500m at the Olympics – with Britain’s medal hopes in the velodrome also getting under way today.
The Scottish runner began her Games campaign overnight, finishing second in heat one, with a time of 4mins 3.89secs.
Muir, the European champion, was beaten by Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford but said she was saving energy for the final.
“You don’t want to have any disrespect to any of the girls out here, but I want to save as much as I can for the final.
“It has gone as smooth as it could be – I’ve been out in Japan for a couple of weeks now, so feeling really prepared and it’s really good.
“It didn’t feel that fast, so that’s good. I just wanted to qualify for the next round as comfortably as possible. So that felt really good out there today and I am looking forward to the semi-final.”
Other Team GB highlights on Monday include:
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• Beth Dobbin reached the 200m semi-finals after running a season’s best of 22.78 seconds
• Cyclist Laura Kenny, who already has four Olympic golds, will compete in the women’s team pursuit qualifying later. Her husband Jason Kenny – one of GB’s most-decorated Olympians with six golds – begins his campaign on Tuesday.
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