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Laura Muir breaks Scottish indoor 800m record in Glasgow

Laura Muir breaks Scottish indoor 800m record in Glasgow

Double European indoor champion clocks 1:59.69, while Zoey Clark improves national 200m mark at the FPSG Scottish Senior and U17 Championships

Laura Muir smashed the Scottish indoor 800m record in Glasgow on Sunday, storming to a time of 1:59.69 at the Emirates Arena.

The double European indoor champion, who has also recently claimed Scottish cross country and 3000m indoor titles, adds her sub-2 minute 800m time to other indoor PBs of 8:26.41 for 3000m and 14:49.12 for 5000m.

Her 800m time improves the previous Scottish indoor record of 2:00.30 set by Lynsey Sharp in 2016.

“I thought that if I could get close to my indoor PB, which was 2:00.57, then I would be really happy,” Muir, who won European indoor 1500m and 3000m titles in Belgrade, told Scottish Athletics.

“But to break two minutes and get the Scottish record back from Lynsey, I am just really happy. Lynsey and I do seem to be trading that record around all the time.

“I am not thinking about the 800m right now for indoors so to be running times like that bodes really well,” added the 24-year-old, who is working towards the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March.

“It is a wee bit of surprise to get that kind of time. Beforehand my legs were feeling a bit tired. I always have a habit of smashing training the week before I race.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the time was 1:59.”

Mhairi Hendry was second in a 2:02.41 PB.

Muir also paced Jemma Reekie to the 1500m title in 4:15.69.

Muir’s wasn’t the only Scottish record-breaking performance at the Emirates Arena as Zoey Clark also improved a national mark over a distance which is not her favoured event.

Clocking 23.58, she broke a 200m indoor record which had been set by Melanie Neef (23.62) in 1996.

“I am absolutely thrilled with that time,” Clark told Scottish Athletics. “I knew I was in good shape and to break the Scottish indoor record at 200m is very pleasing.

“It’s a great start to 2018 and gives me a lot of confidence for 400m runs to come and Gold Coast 2018 is definitely the priority.”

Also in Glasgow, Heather Paton set a native record in the 60m hurdles as she clocked 8.34.

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