The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)
Laura Muir tacklesmileat Diamond League in Oslo
ATHLETICS: Milnathort athlete returns to scene of stunning victory
Minathort athlete Laura Muir races over one mile at tonight’s Diamond League in Oslo with fond memories of her stunning victory over 1,500m in the Bislett Stadium last year.
The 23-year-old veterinary student described the 2015 performance as the biggest thing she had ever won, having taken the lead 700m out to beat Kenyan Faith Kipyegon in 4:00.39.
Tonight the Dundee Hawkhill Harrier again faces Kipyegon, fastest in the field boasting a personal best of 4:16.71.
Muir’s only outing over the classic distance was 5:26.75 as an under-15 athlete at the Forth Valley League at Grangemouth, so that mark is certainly set for revision tonight.
Also contesting her first one mile on the track will be former World Championship 800m bronze medallist Jenny Meadows.
The Wigan Harrier’s only previous race over the distance (4:44.99) was at the Great City Games alongside the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside back in 2011.
The UK women’s mile record of 4:17.57 set in 1985 still stands to Zola Budd, with the Scottish record of 4:22.64 set by Yvonne Murray in 1994. Could one or either of these records fall to Muir tonight?
The men’s Dream Mile, synonymous with the meeting in Oslo, sees multiple winner Asbel Kiprop return to Oslo with a dual purpose: winning and running a fast time.
The Kenyan faces opposition from the likes of Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman – the fastest man in the field with a personal best of 3:47.32, he claimed the world indoor 1,000m record during the winter.
Kenyan colleague Silas Kiplagat will also be a threat. He has run faster than 3:50.00 for the mile on two occasions, and gone below 3:30:00 for 1,500m four times.
Meanwhile, France’s Jimmy Vicaut has equalled the European record he already shares with Francis Obikwelu, winning the 100m in a world-leading 9.86 seconds in Montreuil.