European champion feels in shape to make an assault on her 3:55 British 1500m record in London
Laura Muir believes she’s not far from being in her best-ever shape, with an assault on her own British 1500m record a distinct possibility for this weekend’s Müller Anniversary Games in London.
The European champion ran an 800m PB of 1:58.42 in Monaco just over a week ago and her three 1500m races so far this season have produced times of 4:05.37 for a win in Stockholm, 3:59.47 for second in Stanford and 3:56.73 to place runner-up in Rome for her second fastest ever time.
Now she feels in the sort of form which could see that national record of 3:55.22 fall further.
“I feel like I’m probably in PB shape, I’m almost in the best shape I’ve ever been in,” she says. “I ran an 800m PB last week so I certainly feel like I’m in my PB shape of 3:55, it’s just whether all the boxes on the day can be ticked and that kind of time can come off.
“I’m really looking forward to getting out there. Hopefully we can run some fast times.”
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In Saturday’s race, Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen could be a threat following her recent breakthrough over 3000m, while the field also features Morocco’s Shanghai Diamond League winner Rababe Arafi, Ethiopia’s Axumawit Embaye, Kenya’s Winny Chebet, Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Muir’s training partners Gabriela DeBues-Stafford of Canada and double European under-23 champion Jemma Reekie, plus another fellow Brit, the in-form Sarah McDonald.
World and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon had also been due to race but was a late withdrawal due to an adductor injury.
“I just want to go out there and run a really good, hard, fast race,” says Muir. “Ultimately, I’d love to win and if I can do that, I’m sure a quick time will follow.”
Asked whether she feels like she is putting herself under pressure by saying that she is in top shape, she replies: “I don’t feel like I’m putting myself under pressure because I genuinely believe it’s true.
“My training these past couple of weeks has been very good. I’m very confident with where I’m at in terms of my fitness. I know I can go out there and run well.
“I never go into a race with just one plan – I’ll have plans A, B, C and D. Hopefully plan A will go ahead. But in the 1500m you’re not always entirely sure what’s going to happen so I’ll have a few ideas in my mind.”