Josh Kerr Triumphs at World Indoor Championships in Glasgow

Josh Kerr secures gold in the 3,000m race at the World Indoor Championships, putting an end to Scotland’s 31-year wait for a world indoor title. Laura Muir and Molly Caudery shine in their respective events, adding to the night of spectacular performances.

Josh Kerr Ends Scotland’s 31-Year Wait for World Indoor Title in Glasgow

Glasgow, March 2023 – In a thrilling display of endurance, Josh Kerr stormed to 3,000m gold at the World Indoor Championships in his home country, ending Scotland’s 31-year drought for a world indoor title.

Kerr, the reigning world 1,500m outdoor champion, powered away from the field on the final lap to win comfortably in 7:42.98. Defending champion Selemon Barega of Ethiopia faded down the home stretch, allowing American Yared Nuguse to claim the silver medal.

“I think I burned more energy celebrating than I did in the race, which is a bit embarrassing,” Kerr said on BBC Sport. “This competition is so important. I’ve come to championships before not ready to have a real go at it, and I feel I’ve let the UK audience down a bit in the way I’ve performed in front of them. It was really important to come here fit and ready to go and really execute.”

Kerr’s victory sparked wild celebrations in the Emirates Arena, as the Scot delivered a much-anticipated triumph for the home crowd.

Other Notable Performances

Earlier in the evening, Laura Muir set a season’s best time of 8:29.76 in the women’s 3,000m final, but it was only good enough for fifth place. American Elle St Pierre set a new World Indoor Championships record of 8:20.87 to take the gold, ahead of Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay.

In the women’s pole vault, Molly Caudery delivered a second British gold of the night, taking the win after New Zealand’s Eliza McCartney was unable to clear the bar at 4.90m. Caudery described the emotional competition, which was delayed by a fall for France’s Margot Chevrier, who suffered a suspected broken ankle.

Several other athletes impressed at the World Indoor Championships, including Belgium’s Alexander Doom, who upset Norway’s Karsten Warholm in the men’s 400m final, and Burkina Faso’s Hugues Fabrice-Zango, who won the men’s triple jump.

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