Holmes: Muir is the real deal and must keep believing she can be a champion
DOUBLE Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes is backing Laura Muir to reach even greater heights ahead of the summer’s World Championships in London.
Muir celebrated double European Indoor gold in Belgrade earlier this month, adding a 3000m title to her 1500m crown from just 24 hours previously – all after beating a British record that had belonged to Holmes herself.
But Holmes feels there is still more to come from 23-year-old Muir in the months ahead.
Holmes said: “She has absolutely exploded onto the scene, which is fantastic. She’s in the greatest shape she has ever been in. She knew that and went out and proved it in Belgrade.
“Running fast and winning medals are two completely different things, so for her to have the mindset that she can be a champion is so important.
“She’s young, got a lot of development to come and done a lot in a short amount of time. If she can have a solid World Championships then that can really set her up to being one of the favourites heading forward.
“As an athlete, she won’t be thinking about Tokyo [Olympics 2020].
“It will be her long-term dream to be Olympic champion but there’s so much to come before that and you can’t look too far ahead.”