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• Laura Muir says 'cloud' hangs over Sifan Hassan's stunning 1500m victory

Laura Muir believes that Sifan Hassan’s extraordinary 1500m gold medal is tainted because of the Dutch athlete’s association with the banned coach Alberto Salazar. Hassan, who has been mentored by Salazar since 2016, produced a performance for the ages to storm home in 3min 51.95sec – not only a world championship record but the sixth fastest in history.

“Given the news of the past couple of days, I think there is a cloud,” the 26-year-old Scot said. “There’s no avoiding that. But all you can do is focus on your performances and for me to do that kind of race out there.”

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