Laura Muir regains her British indoor record

Milnathort’s Laura Muir opened her 2021 season with a British indoor record in the women’s 1500m at the World Indoor Athletics Tour in Lievin, France.
Laura Muir got her 2021 season off to a flying start. Stock image by Michael Gillen.Laura Muir got her 2021 season off to a flying start. Stock image by Michael Gillen.
Laura Muir got her 2021 season off to a flying start. Stock image by Michael Gillen.

In an terrific, edge of the seat women’s 1500m, Laura lowered the British indoor record to 3:59.58.

The high quality race also saw Guduf Tsegay break the indoor world record, improving on Genzebe Dibaba’s previous best by over two seconds.

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The Ethiopian’s time of 3:53.09 was achieved after she started her race at a fast pace while the rest of the field were content to hang in behind her.

She was rewarded for her tactics as they others were unable to make in-roads into her advantage.

Amongst those tucked in behind were Muir and Melissa Courtney-Bryant who ultimately finished in second and third position.

Laura found herself also somewhat out on her own as she chased Tsegay over the final few laps.

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The Ethiopian, though, had too much in hand and Laura couldn’t close the 25-metre gap which had opened up with three laps remaining.

But there was a positive as Laura produced the best indoor performance of her career as she regained the national indoor record which was broken by Jemma Reekie in 2020.

Courtney-Bryant also impressed, recording a time of 4:04.79 for third.

scottishathletics were understandably proud of Laura’s achievements in France.

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They said afterwards: “Prior to the race on commentary it was highlighted that only seven women in history had run sub four minutes for the 1500m indoors, a statistic which certainly applies some context to the performances in Lievin.

“Well done to Laura and to her coach, Andy Young.”

Domestically, there was also joy for Fife AC athlete Jenny Selman over the weekend.

At the scottishathletics 4J Studios Elite Invitational over the weekend, the Fife AC runner lined up in the women’s 800m where she delivered a very strong run to clinch an indoor PB of 2:04.26 to follow up a 2:05 run from the previous week.

The invitational saw a small group of elite athletes given a competition opportunity subject to Scottish Government and sportscotland approval and protocols, including pre-event testing.

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