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Commonwealth select claim win

A Commonwealth Select team edged to victory in the Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match but 20-year-old Scot Laura Muir stole the show.

Muir broke the Scottish 800metres record with a mature and assertive display which earned her the award for the Sainsbury's performance of the day.

The student's victory was one of five Scottish wins among the 22 events, giving 5,000 fans in the Emirates Arena plenty to cheer, despite their team finishing bottom of the four-team tournament.

The Great Britain and Northern Ireland team also provided home encouragement as they pushed the winners all the way with victory in both 4x400metres relay events, seeing them finish three points behind the Commonwealth team and ahead of the United States.

Britain came back strongly in the final quarter of the tournament with Asha Philip and James Dasaolu winning the 60m sprints and the men's relay team defeating the Bahamas' Olympic-winning team, but they finished with 59 points.

Muir and Guy Learmonth both set Scottish records while Chris O'Hare tasted victory with an aggressive 1,500metres performance. And there were victories for Scottish Paralympic athletes Stefanie Reid and Libby Clegg.

European Under-23 bronze medallist Muir took control at the bell and set a national indoor record of two minutes 0.94 seconds as she finished almost a second faster than American runner-up Chanelle Price. Britain's Marilyn Okoro pulled out with a hamstring problem as Muir sped past.

Muir, who knocked seven seconds off her outdoor best last year, said: "I'm really, really surprised because it's only a fraction of a second of my outdoor PB. I couldn't be happier.

"It was just a matter of not letting the front girls get too far away and then using my strength at the end.

"The crowd was fantastic. In the home straight I didn't know if they were cheering me or if someone was catching me, so I just went for it."

O'Hare got a grip of his race well before the bell and held off the challenge of the Commonwealth's James Magut and Britain's Charlie Grice to win a photo finish in 3 mins 48.62 secs.

Learmonth produced a surprise win in the 600m as he came from about seven metres behind at the bell to win in 1:16.48, four hundredths of a second ahead of Commonwealth competitor Jeremiah Mutaiken.

Reid was a convincing winner of the T44 long jump, just short of her personal best with a leap of 4.83m, while Clegg won the 60m for visually-impaired athletes in a time of 7.97secs.

The British successes started in the pole vault with Holly Bleasdale, who returned from the back and Achilles injuries that kept her out of the World Championships by clearing 4.62m.

The 22-year-old said: "It's great to be back. To be back competing and doing the thing I love the most is just the best feeling really.

"I didn't jump the best out there, but I enjoyed it. There's a few things we can tweak and work on now because I felt a bit rusty.

"But, first competition after coming back from warm weather camp, I'm in a really good place and looking forward to the rest of indoors."

Shara Proctor succeeded in the long jump with 6.59m while there were some close calls as British captain William Sharman was pipped by Jeff Porter (7.66) by one-hundredth of a second in the 60m hurdles and Andy Vernon was overtaken by Bernard Lagat (7:49.83) to lose the 3,000m by just 0.27secs.

Philip kick-started the British challenge by winning the 60m in 7.25secs and Dasaolu came close to his personal best with 6.50, the fastest time in the world this year.

The British women won the first relay to keep the pressure on the Commonwealth after beating Scotland into second place following home captain Eilidh Child's storming opening run.

And their male colleagues stunned the Bahamas team, who were aiming for a world indoor record but trailed more than a second behind the British quartet, who finished in 3mins 6.27secs.

However, second place proved enough to claim the overall prize following earlier wins for the likes of sprinter Kim Collins, 400m runner Chris Brown, Kenyan 1500m runner Hellen Obiri and Middlesex runner Desiree Henry, who beat fellow Briton Annabelle Lewis in the 150m.