Muir shows what can be achieved

Laura Muir.
Laura Muir.

Middle distance running icon Steve Cram says the next generation of Scottish sports stars can take inspiration from Milnathort’s Laura Muir.

Muir reinforced her reputation as a world class athlete in 2015, becoming British champion at 1500m.

The veterinary student also represented GB at the World Championships, where she finished fifth in the 1500m final, and became the first Scottish woman to run under the four minute mark for the 1500m at a Diamond League race in Monaco.

Cram, who won a silver medal in Muir’s favoured 1500m at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, says Scottish sport, led by a talented pool of young athletes including Muir, is on the right track.

He recently made the presentations at the scottishathletics annual awards where Laura was named Athlete of the Year.

“Scotland had a great commonwealth Games last year and hopefully athletes took confidence from that – I think it will have been a big inspiration for many,” said Cram, in an interview with PB magazine, which is issued quarterly to scottishathletics members.

“Now there is the Olympics coming up and then a World Champs in London the following year in 2017.

“After that, of course, the next Commonwealths are looming up in 2018 – and early in that particular year, at that (Gold Coast event takes place in April).

“So there are a lot of incentives there for your elite athletes: to make their mark in Scotland and also beyond that in a wider context with British teams.

“The big names like Laura Muir and Lynsey Sharp are on the world stage, and Chris O’Hare has been doing well.

“It is easier after of that to get a bit of momentum going.

“Hopefully other people start to look at someone like Laura and think ‘I can train and live in Scotland and still look to get to the Olympics’.”

Cram said Muir’s success, and that of other Scottish athletes on the world stages, was welcome.

“I think the upsurge in performance of Scottish athletes at world level has been great; and that is across all sorts of discipline and by both men and women,” the athletics legend added.