Holmes: Muir is the real deal and must keep be­liev­ing she can be a cham­pion

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FOR THE RECORD - ROSS LAW­SON

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.”

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