Scottish star hopes to beat Zola Budd’s 33-year-old mark in the London Stadium
Laura Muir is set to target the British one mile record at the Müller Anniversary Games in July.
The double European indoor champion and world indoor medallist came close to Zola Budd’s 33-year-old record of 4:17.57 at the same event last year, clocking 4:18.03 when finishing behind Kenya’s Hellen Obiri.
Muir will again attempt to beat the mark this summer, back in the London Stadium where in 2016 she broke Kelly Holmes’ British 1500m record.
“I am really looking forward to competing at the Müller Anniversary Games in the London Stadium once again,” said Muir, who is now a full-time athlete after recently completing her studies to become a vet.
“I enjoy competing there as it always attracts the very best athletes in the world which makes it exciting for both the fans and athletes. I’ve had some very good races there in the past so it holds a lot of special memories for me.”
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On her mile record attempt she added: “The mile has a special place in British distance running history, so it’s super we are getting a chance to race the mile this year at the Müller Anniversary Games.
“First and foremost, I am looking to win the race, but in doing so if I can break the British record that would be fantastic. And it’d be somewhat fitting in a year in which we lost the legendary Sir Roger Bannister. I am sure the home crowd will be really loud and try and cheer me on to success.”
Other athletes announced for the Anniversary Games, which incorporates the London Diamond League and takes place over the weekend of July 21-22, are 60m world record-holder Christian Coleman, plus British stars Dina Asher-Smith, Richard Whitehead, Andrew Pozzi, Olivia Breen, Eilidh Doyle and Morgan Lake.
“It is fantastic that Laura has chosen the Müller Anniversary Games as the location for her British record attempt,” said major events director at UK Athletics, Cherry Alexander.
“We all remember that stunning night at the event two years ago when she lowered the 1500m record and claimed a remarkable victory. The noise of the British crowd really did make a difference on that night, which does show there is nothing quite like home support.
“I know Laura’s performances at the world indoor championships caught attention around the world, so we are delighted to have her at this leading Diamond League fixture in the athletics calendar.”