World Championships: Laura Muir wins bronze in 1500m but reveals femur injury almost ruled her out

Laura Muir clocked a season best time on Monday night to scoop bronze in the World Championships, but the Scot revealed she suffered a serious injury in the lead-up to the tournament.

Laura Muir secured bronze in the women's 1500m event on Monday night, but soon after revealed that a serious leg injury left her unsure of whether she'd appear in the tournament.

Muir ran a season-best 3:55.28s to come home in third behind Kenya's Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon and Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay.

Her feat is even more impressive aafter she revealed that just five months ago a stress reaction to her femur left her in crutches and unable to run for eight weeks.

"It was the most significant injury I've ever had in my running career," said the 29-year-old athlete.

"For two months I couldn't run. That was very, very frustrating, especially as I was going so well in January.

"With the champs being almost a month earlier than normal as well it meant I had about three months less time to prepare than normal. So not ideal. I just knew I had to have a lot of confidence in myself and my team that we would be able to get back that. We did it and we got that medal.

"I was diagnosed with a stress reaction of the femur start of February, that was two weeks on crutches. Then another six weeks of just in the pool, in the gym, alt-Gs, anti gravity treadmills, tiny runs on grass, slightly longer runs. We gradually got there.

"We were lucky we caught it early. We knew something wasn't right. We got some advanced imaging. We found out what it was quite quickly. Had it been a fracture it would have been me out for a long, long time.

"It was lucky it was a stress response. Even so it was in an area of the bone where you do have to offload it a lot."

In Oregon, Muir was involved in a breakaway with Kipyegon, Tsegay and Hirut Meshesha almost immediately as the race went out hard.

Meshesha was then dropped with over two laps to go as the medal-winning trio fought it out for their podium spots with Kipyegon taking the title.

"I've been fourth, fifth twice and sixth at the World Championships, I was so scared being third and someone was going to pass me," said Muir.

"That's what happened in London 2017, I was second and came fourth. I was like 'this isn't happening again'. I was going to give absolutely everything until I got to that line.

"Everything hurt. That last 100m my legs were just on fire. I felt like I couldn't lift them, I was running in treacle. Everything was burning.

"But I knew if I got to the finish line it was going to stop. I was very, very tired when I did get to the line but that's what you want to be, knowing you've given absolutely everything. If I'd got to the finish line, not given absolutely everything and lost I'd have been absolutely devastated."

Muir now turns her attention to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham as she aims to complete her medal collection.

She said: "One more, I've got the Commonwealths to get. I started in my running career wanted to run all six champs, I've done that, then make the final of all six, I've done that.

"Now I want to win a medal at all six. It's five down one to go."

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