The Scottish star hopes to retain at least one of her titles at the European Indoor Championships on home soil next March
Laura Muir has been announced as the first official ambassador for the European Athletics Indoor Championships taking place in Glasgow in March 2019, with the Scottish star “honoured” to be taking on the role.
Just three days after finishing her final exams for her veterinary degree at the University of Glasgow, the 25-year-old was using some of her new-found time to help promote the indoor event and is looking forward to having athletics as her focus in the lead-up to the championships after a challenging balancing act over the past seven years.
“We’ve been so lucky in Glasgow having so many big sporting events, but to be an ambassador of one is really great and I’m really excited for the event next year,” said the Dundee Hawkhill athlete, who will open her summer season by racing over 1500m at the Eugene Diamond League meeting on May 26.
“Racing in front of a home crowd just provides an extra level of excitement. I have never felt support like I do when I am competing in Scotland.”
The British 1500m record-holder claimed a 1500m and 3000m double at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade last year and hopes to retain her title in at least one of the events on home soil in 2019.
“To have become a European champion was a big moment so to actually defend a title would be a first for me,” said Muir, who also claimed two medals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham earlier this year. “I don’t know in which event it will be yet, but if I could do that it would be brilliant, especially in front of a home crowd and having all that support.”
On the impact of having passionate home fans, she added: “In an indoor arena, the crowd is so close to the track and you get that echoing effect from being inside. You’re just so close to the action, it’s such a great atmosphere. You hear everybody so much clearer.
“I also remember last year at London 2017 when I was running in the 5000m, I think I overtook two or three people on the last lap and I just remember when I was going round, as soon as I got close to somebody, the crowd just went so loud. It was just amazing. It was almost like a Mexican wave. I’d go round and you’d hear this big cheer.
“It’s brilliant racing in front of a home crowd and I’ve had lots of opportunities, with the likes of Birmingham World Indoors this year and Glasgow 2014 (Commonwealth Games) too, so I feel very lucky with the chance to add Glasgow 2019 to that list as well.”
The 35th European Athletics Indoor Championships is set to welcome 600 athletes, 400 coaches and team staff from over 45 countries for the event in Glasgow, to be held at the Emirates Arena from March 1-3.
The Scottish city will also co-host this year’s multi-sport European Championships with Berlin, where athletics action takes place.
» European Indoor Championships tickets are now on sale at www.glasgow2019athletics.com
» See the May 24 edition of AW for more from an interview with Laura Muir