IT’S not entirely unexpected to find 1500m medal hopeful Laura Muir doing things quicker than expected.
Muir, and coach Andy Young, had been working towards Tokyo in 2020 as the Olympics where she would make her mark.
Now, the veterinary student is poised to have the nation on the edge of their seats in the early hours of Wednesday after a confident display in the semi-final to comfortably qualify for the final at her first Games.
After taking third place behind the experienced Genzebe Dibaba and Sifan Hassan, she said she had concentrated on saving energy for the main event.
“I just wanted to qualify for the final – you always speak about an Olympic final but it’s just an achievement to get there. I’m really chuffed.
“I tried to save as much energy as possible. I knew I wanted to stay at the back at the start and stay out of harm’s way and then come through and be at the front before anything happened.
“I expected [Sifan] Hassan and [Genzebe] Dibaba to be at the back and come through and I just followed them, so pretty much perfect.
“My coach and I have watched these athletes enough, I’ve raced them week in, week out so you know what they’re going to do a lot of the time. I just knew not to burn up too much energy chasing them and just to make sure I qualified.”