Chang­ing of the guard as Reekie masters Muir

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Ben Bloom ATH­LET­ICS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

This time last year Jemma Reekie was best known as Laura Muir’s train­ing part­ner – a peren­nial shadow chas­ing Britain’s biggest mid­dle-dis­tance star. No longer.

Af­ter a year that be­gan with the set­ting of na­tional in­door records over 800 me­tres, 1,500m and a mile, Reekie rounded it off with a high-pro­file 800m tri­umph at the Rome Di­a­mond League last night.

That Muir could only fin­ish third added to the sense of a chang­ing of the guard in what will be a fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ry­line lead­ing into the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Train­ing part­ners un­der coach Andy Young, the hi­er­ar­chy was es­tab­lished long ago be­tween the two with Reekie, 22, shunted to the back seat in cars and de­fer­ring to Muir, 27, over bed choices at camps.

A slow open­ing lap in Rome saw the field ig­nore the pace­maker, be­fore Muir seized the race with 300m re­main­ing. But she was un­able to stop Reekie and Nor­way’s Hedda Hynne sear­ing past. Reekie won in 1min 59.76 sec­onds – her seventh sub-two minute time this year.

Mondo Du­plan­tis beat Sergey Bubka’s 26-year-old outdoor pole vault world record by clear­ing 6.15m at his sec­ond at­tempt. The Swede, who al­ready holds the in­door world record of 6.18m, broke the mark with ap­par­ent ease to round off an un­beaten sea­son in style.

Won in Rome: Jemma Reekie crosses the line with Laura Muir trail­ing in third place

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