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Laura Muir to take on Zola Budd’s 1985 mile record at Anniversary Games


Tuesday, 2 May 2017 :  The 23-year-old Scot, who holds five outdoor and indoor British records, ran a personal best four minutes 19.12 seconds over the distance last year.

Budd’s mark, set in Switzerland in 1985, is 4:17.57.

“To have another British record, and in the London Stadium again, would be fantastic. Fingers crossed I will be able to do something.”

The world record – set by Russian Svetlana Masterkova in 1996 – stands at 4:12.56.

At last year’s Anniversary Games, Muir broke the British 1500m record that had stood since Dame Kelly Holmes’ gold medal-winning run in the 2004 Olympic final in Athens.

She expects her return to bring back happy memories.

“The main thing was just how loud the crowd was,” said Muir.

“I am usually very focused on my race but I was just aware as I came into the final 200m of the crowd getting louder and louder. It was brilliant.”

With the Anniversary Games just four weeks before Muir plans to take on a 1500m and 5,000m double at the same venue in the World Championships, it will also be a chance to maximise home advantage.

 

Source : Internet

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