The Scottish 1500m record-holder is set to race the likes of world silver medallist Melissa Bishop and current world leader Joanna Jozwik over 800m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix
Laura Muir is to test herself against a top-class 800m field on Saturday as she continues her season at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix.
The Scottish 1500m record-holder is set to go up against the likes of world silver medallist Melissa Bishop, who ran a Canadian record-breaking 2:00.60 in Athlone on Wednesday, plus current world leader Joanna Jozwik, who clocked 2:00.12 in Torun earlier this month and on Wednesday was the pacer in the Stockholm mile race that saw Genzebe Dibaba smash the world record.
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a really top class field so I’m looking forward to getting out there and testing myself,” said Muir, who has run 2:01.11 for the distance so far this year but has an indoor PB of 2:00.94 which had been the Scottish record before Lynsey Sharp recently clocked 2:00.30.
“It will be good experience to see where I’m at,” added the 22-year-old.
“A couple of races I’ve done have just been in Scotland and I’ve had to run by myself so it will be good to push myself against other athletes and get into that racing mind-set again ahead of the summer.”
Saturday will be the first time that the Indoor Grand Prix has been staged in Glasgow after events in Birmingham and the meeting acts as the final leg of the new IAAF World Indoor Tour series, which has so far had stops in Karlsruhe, Boston and Stockholm.
The Scottish city is also bidding to host the European Indoor Championships in 2019 and Muir believes Glasgow is ready to host such a big event and build on the success of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“Glasgow showed in the Commonwealth Games that the support athletes get in Scotland is amazing and fingers crossed for the Euros bid in 2019,” she said.
“I think we’d be a great host and hopefully this weekend will show what sort of competition they can stage.”
» See the February 18 edition of AW magazine, which is available in shops and digitally now, for an in-depth preview to Saturday’s Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix