25th May 2018
MUIR TARGETS BRITISH MILE RECORD AT THE ICONIC MÜLLER ANNIVERSARY GAMES
- Double world indoor medallist Laura Muir to contest the mile at the Müller Anniversary Games.
- Muir will target Zola Budd’s British record over the distance at the London Stadium
- This Bank Holiday is #FeeFreeWeekend on all tickets for the Müller Anniversary Games from Friday 25 to Monday 28 May; visit: https://www.britishathletics.org.uk/events-and-tickets/muller-anniversary-games-2018/
Double world indoor medallist Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young) has confirmed today that she will target the British record over one mile at the Müller Anniversary Games over the weekend of 21-22 July 2018.
One of Muir’s finest achievements of her career to date came at the same event in 2016 when buoyed by a vociferous home crowd, she broke Kelly Holmes’ 1500m British record on the way to a popular race victory.
This year, on Sunday 22 July, Muir will have Zola Budd’s 33-year-old record of 4:17.57 in her sights in the London Stadium.
The fourth-placer at last year’s IAAF World championships currently sits second on the women’s mile all-time rankings with her 4:18.03 clocking from 2017, a time set at last year’s Müller Anniversary Games.
Muir’s record attempt adds to an already stellar line-up that includes the 60m world record holder and world champion Christian Coleman, and Olympic medallist Andre de Grasse, as well as fellow British international medallists Dina Asher-Smith, Richard Whitehead, Andrew Pozzi, Olivia Breen, Eilidh Doyle and Morgan Lake.
Laura Muir spoke about competing at the Müller Anniversary Games:
“I am really looking forward to competing at the Müller Anniversary Games in the London Stadium once again. 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.”
Muir first broke Kelly Holmes’ British record over 1500m there two years ago – since lowering it again – and reflects on the support of the British crowd on that occasion:
“I just remember it being so loud as I turned into the home straight, it was an amazing experience. Everyone was cheering me to the line, so to get that victory and the record was a fantastic moment in my career.”
On her mile record attempt at this year’s event:
“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 onto success.”
Major Events Director at UK Athletics, Cherry Alexander added:
“It is fantastic that Laura has chosen the Müller Anniversary Games as the location for her British record attempt. 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.”
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