29th October 2019
THROWBACK: MUIR'S HISTORIC EUROPEAN INDOOR DOUBLE ON HOME SOIL IN GLASGOW
Winning the European Indoor Championships ‘endurance double’ – the 1500m and 3000m – was far from unheard of when Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young, club: Dundee Hawkhill) first achieved the feat back in 2017, however managing to do it all over again two years later at the next edition of the championships certainly was.
Putting aside the fact that the venue for the championships – the Emirates Arena – literally serves as her home track in the sense that Muir often undertakes any indoor training there, Muir’s status as something of a local hero in Glasgow – the type that sees aspiring athletes scramble for autographs and photos – was seemingly used as fuel for good, rather than adding pressure. In the purple patch of her career following a first-ever outdoor title with European gold in Berlin the previous summer, the stage was set for Muir to deliver on her patch in front of an expectant crowd.
Day one arguably provided the most headaches in the form of a 1500m heat followed by the 3000m final, with just two and a half hours separating the two. There was to be no hiccup or false-start to the defence, with an outstanding performance over 3000m seeing Muir clocked a rapid time of 8:30.61, the quickest time ever recorded at the championships.
All the more impressive given the need to navigate the aforementioned preliminary rounds of the 1500m – and with the Glasgow noise in her ears being summarised with just one word of her own: ‘crazy’ – 50% of the job was done, with the final of the 1500m serving as the one of the final events of the championships two days later.
Buoyed by both her performance days earlier and the sell-out crowd inside the Emirates Arena come the final session, Muir produced an utterly dominant gun to tape performance to bring the venue to its feet and make history of all of her own as the first athlete to ever win the 1500m and 3000m at consecutive championships.
While it is yet to be seen whether Muir will join KJT in taking to the track of the Emirates Arena for either of the 2020 indoor meets on home soil, what is for certain is that those who do will be given the full backing of the Glasgow crowd.
Indeed at the same championships at which she retained her European Indoor titles earlier this year, session after session of packed-out stands saw the Great Britain & Northern Ireland roared on to their best ever medal haul at a European Indoor Championships, with gold medals by Muir, Katarina Johnson-Thompson – herself confirmed to compete at 2020’s Muller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow on February 15 – and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke leading the way.
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