Muir the merrier as record tumbles

Laura Muir
Laura Muir

Laura Muir introduced herself to the athletics world stage as she created a Scottish indoor record in the 1500m at the Birmingham Grand Prix.

The Milnathort athlete’s time means that the British woman to have run a faster time is Dame Kelly Holmes has run the distance faster indoors.

The Dundee Hawkhill Harriers athlete clocked at 4.05.32 at the weekend meet.

Muir beat the favourite, Kenyan Hellen Obiri, with a gutsy finishing after powering to the front at the bell. Her time stripped four seconds away from the Scottish record held by Susan Scott (4.09.07) and took a massive seven seconds off her own indoor best.

Muir took the Scottish indoor record at 800m at the Glasgow International and now has the 1500m under her belt too with Saturday’s run quicker than those in the past by the likes of Steph Twell, Yvonne Murray and Liz McColgan.

“I don’t like losing,’ said the 20-year-old, after she fought off Silan Hassan’s late challenge close to the line.

“I knew I was in good shape coming into this race and I knew it was a really good field.

“I just went for it at the bell because it felt right.

“There was a bit of bumping and barging happening out there and a couple of years ago that might have bothered me but I am used to that now and expect it in the 1500m.

“Now I’m headed to the World Indoors in the 800m and we will see what happens.”

Another local athlete, hurdler Eilidh Child, also appears to be hitting top form just in time for the summer Commonwealth Games as she notched up a season’s best at Birmingham.

Child finished third in her race with a SB of 52.49 and managed to hold off the challenge of Margaret Adeoye, who won the British 400m title the previous week in Sheffield.

It was a good day with excellent performances also by the likes of Jamie Bowie, Guy Learmonth and Kris Gauson – who all clocked PBs.

Gauson ran 3.42.75 in his 1500m race and that was desperately close to the Commonwealth Games standard of 3.42.20.

Kris has other opportunities coming up in Ireland and the United States to try and post the two standards required for Glasgow 2014.

Bowie ran yet another PB at the event in 46.58 to finish third in a 400m B race behind Richard Buck and Michael Bingham and now awaits the selection decision for the World Indoors.