Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham
Saturday 16th February 2019
Arena Birmingham - Birmingham
Maintaining its status as the world’s top-ranked one-day indoor meeting, the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham delivered once again with a showcase of world-class athletics over the course of three and a half hours of action.
With Laura Muir serving as something of a poster girl for the event following talk of a potential break of the British 1 Mile record in the lead-up to the meeting, what came before then was even more incredible as Samuel Tefera and Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia battled all the way in a rapid men’s 1500m.
Roared on by a capacity crowd inside Arena Birmingham, Tefera went for broke, zipping past Kejelcha in the final 100m and crossing the line in a world indoor record time of 3:31.04, breaking the previous mark held by the great Hicham El-Guerrouj by 0.14 of a second.
In a record-breaking mood of her own, Muir ensured she too delivered with an emphatic lowering of the British 1 Mile record to bring down the curtain on the afternoon. Running solo for the second half of the race, the Scot claimed her sixth national record and lowered the previous British best by a staggering five seconds as well as revising her British 1500m record following a split of 4:01.83 within her overall 4:18.75.
There was a swift win for China’s SU Bingtian as he clocked 6.47 seconds, the quickest time in the world this year, ahead of Reece Prescod’s equal personal best 6.53m in the men’s 60m final, while Jamaica’s double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson took victory in the women’s equivalent in 7.13 seconds.
Full results from the event can be found here.
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