The victories were Muir's first two major titles and Philip, who won bronze in the 4x100m relay at the Olympics past year, added to the British medal haul in Serbia. And newly crowned double champion Muir told British Athletics: "I'm happy with the race but I was feeling a bit exhausted". "I don't think the race on Sunday is a foregone conclusion", she said.
The runner on her shoulder, Germany's 20-year-old Konstanze Klosterhalfen, was rewarded with silver in a personal best of 4:04.45, with Poland's Sofia Ennaoui taking bronze in 4:06.59.
Dissecting her race, the Scot said: "Halfway through the race I was thinking I'm feeling a bit exhausted, and I was hoping she [Can] wasn't going to ramp it up anymore".
And the sport's woman of the moment brought her preparatory skills to the fore yesterday at the European Indoors in Belgrade to coast through the heats of the 1,500 and 3,000 metres with a minimum of fuss to tee up what she hopes will be a golden double this weekend.
And she had enough left in the tank to collect a second gold in another championship record, this time coming home in 8:35.67 minutes.
"I didn't expect someone to be on my shoulder with 300m to go, but I just put the welly in and managed to come away with the win".
"Before I even took my first stride I saw everyone get out ahead, and my heart stopped and then kicked into overdrive".
"I don't know about that (whether her run was of a similar style to Mo Farah). I take it as support, not pressure, and I've shown I can deal with it".
"This is the first Championships I've come into with a good amount of work behind me, and I felt really confident because I've actually had the opportunity to do the training".
"I crossed the line and overheard my name but you don't believe it until you see it", she said. I didn't have any nerves as I usually do. I don't want to go on about it but it's been a long old road and I wasn't always sure I'd get to the level I wanted to be at. It feels like the last few years, it's slipped past.
Sylwester Bednarek took the high jump title with a 2.32m effort, besting Briton Robbie Grabarz and Belarus' Pavel Seliverstau.
"I gave it a big dip on the line, and I'm so happy to win".
The Poles also took victory in both the men's and women's 4x400m relays.
The quartet tried to lead from the start but were caught by Poland on the third leg.