The British 1500m record-holder targets a fast time over 1000m at the IAAF World Indoor Tour event
Laura Muir is set to target Kelly Holmes’ British indoor 1000m record of 2:32.96, which was run in Birmingham 13 years ago, and will also have an eye on Maria Mutola’s longstanding world record of 2:30.94 when she races at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham on February 18.
Muir, who finished seventh in the 1500m at the Rio Olympic Games, broke Holmes’ British 1500m record twice this summer, taking it to a world-leading 3:55.22 in Paris in August, and now has her sights on breaking another record at the Barclaycard Arena.
“I’m really looking forward to the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, it’s a great opportunity for me to have a competitive race and go for a British record which would be a huge achievement,” said the 23-year-old.
“Kelly Holmes was a big inspiration for so many British athletes so to break another of her records would mean a lot to me and show that I’m progressing well.
“I’ll also have one eye on Maria Mutola’s world record. That will be tough but to be a world record holder would be incredible.”
Muir was victorious the last time the Indoor Grand Prix was held in Birmingham as she won the 1500m in 4:05.32 against a world-class field, and the Scot is looking forward to returning to the Midlands for her first ever 1000m race.
“We don’t get the chance to run 1000m very often so it will be good to do something different, especially in front of a British crowd at such a great event,” Muir added.
The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the final event in the prestigious IAAF World Indoor Tour series and returns to the Midlands in February having been held in Glasgow for the first time in 2016 as the cities alternate hosting the event up to 2020.