The two British record-holders are in action at this weekend’s Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry

Sir Mo Farah believes Laura Muir has what it takes to become an Olympic champion.

The 33-year-old Farah, no stranger to finishing on top of the podium, has been nothing but impressed by the Scot’s progress, which continued this week when she set a British record for 5000m indoors.

Muir explained how she will now not only aim to race both the 1500m and 3000m at the European Indoor Championships in March – as she revealed to AW earlier this week – but she is also intent on doubling up to contest the 1500m and 5000m at this summer’s IAAF World Championships in London.

The 23-year-old will captain the British team at the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry on Saturday (January 7) and Farah believes she is right to aim high.

Mo Farah, Laura Muir, Fionnuala McCormack, Garrett Heath

“Anything is possible,” said Farah of his fellow British 1500m record-holder. “It’s pretty impressive to come out, first race of the year, and break a British record.

“It’s pretty amazing to see Laura do so well. I’ve seen her in the last couple of years and I know she’s a fighter. I’ve seen her in Font Romeu training and she trains like a beast! That’s what it takes if you want to be a champion and I’m sure she’s seen me training at the same time.

“It’s not easy to be able to do it but, in this day and age, we have to be able to run 800m, 1500m and 5000m to be able to have the best chance of winning.

“I’m sure her and Andy (Young, Muir’s coach) will have watched a lot of races and seen the opposition can run a lot of events so you have to be able to do better to win.

“She has great potential. For me it didn’t happen overnight – it’s taken me years. I did struggle and I had to learn about it. She is learning and it is possible. She has that dream of being Olympic champion and she will.”