An impressive 800m PB has provided the Scot with a confidence boost following injury as she sets her sights on a British record and then World Champs success
Laura Muir says contesting a 1500m and 5000m double at the IAAF World Championships in London next month remains the aim and she is feeling more confident about her British mile record attempt at the Müller Anniversary Games following her recent 800m PB in Lausanne.
With her 1:58.69 performance in Switzerland, the 24-year-old became the first British woman to run under two minutes for 800m, four minutes for 1500m, 8:30 for 3000m and 15 minutes for 5000m.
Impressively, that latest two-lap PB came despite Muir’s summer season having been interrupted slightly by a stress fracture in her foot.
Now the Scot returns to the scene of her first British 1500m record-breaking performance last year and eyes another national mark, this time Zola Budd’s British mile record of 4:17.57 from 1985, as she continues to work her way towards the World Championships at the same London Stadium a month later.
“I think it’s going to be a really great atmosphere there and a really close race,” said Muir, looking ahead to Sunday’s Anniversary Games. “Hopefully we can run quick times and I can get another British record like I did last year.
“Everything is in my favour,” she continued, highlighting factors such as some top competition, with Kenya’s Hellen Obiri among those in action, and the pacemaking assistance of Jenny Meadows. “If I break the record, then great. If not, it’s still another run out and hopefully I can win the race in front of a home crowd, that would be really special.
“Certainly I ran a lot faster in Lausanne than I thought I would,” said Muir, who has so far raced over the mile twice during her career and has a best of 4:19.12 from Oslo last year. “I’d have been happy with running around two minutes and 1:58 was far beyond my expectations. So if you’d asked me a couple of days ago, I might have been a little bit more reserved (about her record attempt) but now I’m feeling a lot more confident.”
She is also feeling optimistic about racing both the 1500m – the event in which she has a World Championships wild card entry as last year’s overall Diamond League winner – and the 5000m when global athletics returns to the UK capital.
“That’s what we’re hoping to do,” she said. “I think I’ve shown that I’m in good shape, so to do the two would be great.”