25th June 2019

MUIR SPEARHEADS FIELD AS WORLD’S BEST ENDURANCE STARS HEAD TO MÜLLER ANNIVERSARY GAMES

  • European 1500m champion and double-double European indoor champion Laura Muir (GBR) to test herself against a strong 1500m field, which will include Olympic and world 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon (KEN), at the London Stadium on 20–21 July.
  • Tickets available via https://www.theticketfactory.com/british-athletics/online/

Britain’s biggest endurance star Laura Muir (GBR, coach: Andy Young, club: Dundee Hawkhill), will go head-to-head with some of the world best distance athletes, over 1500m at the Müller Anniversary Games, in the London Stadium on 20–21 July.

Muir, the European 1500m champion and double-double European indoor champion over 1500m and 3000m, will line up against a field that includes; Olympic and world 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon (KEN), European 1500m silver medallist Sofia Ennaou (POL), 2016 world indoor 1500m silver medallist Dawit Seyaum (ETH), 2016 world indoor 1500m bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay (ETH),  European indoor 1500m bronze medallist Ciara Mageean (IRL) and European indoor 3000m silver medallist Konstanze Klosterhalfen (GER).

Fresh from personal best runs of 4:01.50 and 4:05.82 respectively, the British duo of Sarah McDonald (David Harmer, Birchfield Harriers) and Jemma Reekie (Andy Young, Kilbarchan) complete the field at the Müller Anniversary Games, with the event taking place ten weeks before the start of the IAAF World Championships in Doha.

Muir has had a superb start to her outdoor season following a fantastic indoor campaign which saw her retain both her 1500m and 3000m European indoor titles on home turf in Glasgow. The Scottish athlete won the 1500m at the Diamond League event in Stockholm last month, then clocked a season’s best 3:56.73 in Rome a few weeks ago – her second-quickest time ever – as she finished fractionally behind Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia.

Muir said:

“This year is a huge one for me and the race at the Müller Anniversary Games is going to be a key test ahead of the world championships at the end of the summer. It’s a really strong field with the likes of Faith [Kipyegon] and Konstanze [Klosterhalfen] in the mix, so I’m anticipating a big test with a view to producing a really strong performance in London in a few weeks’ time.

“I know the amazing crowd in the London Stadium will be supporting me and all the British and overseas athletes. They’re always fantastic and it really is a wonderful experience competing there.”

She continued: “Winning the European outdoor title last summer and defending my European indoor titles earlier this year has given me more confidence and I’m really excited about this season. The Müller Anniversary Games is 10 weeks before Doha so the countdown clock will really start ticking there, so I can’t wait to get out and race.”

The Müller Anniversary Games has seen history made on numerous occasions in recent years, with some memorable performances from British names such as Muir, Sir Mo Farah and Dina Asher-Smith, while para athletics stars Kare Adenegan and Sophie Hahn both broke world records at the 2018 edition of the event.

Tickets for the Müller Anniversary Games are on sale at www.theticketfactory.com/british-athletics

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