Changing of the guard as Reekie masters Muir
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