Laura Muir won a record fifth European Indoor Championship title as she claimed a superb victory in the women’s 1500m final in Istanbul.
Laura Muir : 1500m Final | Istanbul | How old is
Muir first broke the British record in the 1500 metres in July 2016. She set the current record in 2021 at the Tokyo Olympics, which ranks her in the world all-time top 15.
In 2017, she broke the European indoor records at both the 1000 metres and 3000 metres, and also set a British record for the indoor 5000 metres.
Muir added a British record at the 1000 m in 2020, and the next year, she also broke the Scottish record in the 800 metres. Her best time for the Mile run, ranks her in the world all-time top 20.
Muir is also a two-time 1500 m Diamond League winner. She is a multiple British champion.
Laura Muir 1500m Final
Laura Muir secured gold in the 1500m at the European Indoor Championships on Saturday, the fifth such medal of her career so far.
The Briton began the race as the favourite and the triumph has taken her one clear of Colin Jackson and Jason Gardener, two of her compatriots who boast four golds at the event. Muir’s victory is her first at the event since 2019, with her maiden win coming in 2017.
“I was quite nervous coming into these champs because I don’t think I’m at my absolute best. But I just hoped that with that grit and that determination, I would still be able to come here and win,” she told the BBC.
“All of my race plans went out of the window when they went out that fast. I was like ‘Just pick them off, pick them off’. To be fair to Claudia [Mihaela Bobocea, in silver], she ran so well.
“I knew when I went I would be strong enough.”
The 29-year-old is now preparing for the outdoor season, and she is looking forward to more competition.”
She added: “When you get older you start to appreciate these opportunities. Would I rather be here and not 100% fit or would I rather be at home and watching? I was like, ‘Nah, I’d rather be here and give it a go’. I’m just so chuffed with that.”
Muir has had a successful winter after winning the Wanamaker Mile in New York, as well as securing the World Indoor Tour Final 1km event in Birmingham.
Paula Radcliffe said on the BBC: “It’s really special for a number of reasons, number one being that she herself said she is not 100%.
Laura Muir Istanbul
Laura Muir may be one of Britain’s most decorated athletes but she has only just found a way to put her prizes on display.
‘It’s funny because at Christmas I got a Secret Santa present of a medal holder from my friends,’ smiles the Scot, who has Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth gongs in her ever-growing collection. ‘It is really nice to look at them. Hopefully I can put that holder to more use this week.’
Should she add another medal for her holder with victory in the 1500 metres here in Istanbul, Muir will become the first Brit to claim five golds at the European Indoor Championships, surpassing Colin Jackson and Jason Gardner, who she is currently tied with on four.
‘To get the best tally of gold medals ever by a British athlete at these champs, that would be cool,’ admits the 29-year-old, who reached Saturday night’s final by winning her heat here on Friday morning.
‘In 2013, I just made the team and I was dead last in the final. So from being dead last in 2013 to having all these medals 10 years later is pretty crazy. Not a bad job.’
While a number of Britain’s star names have never bothered with the European Indoors, Muir has always held the event in high regard.
She won the 1500m and 3000m double in both 2017 and 2019. And she credits the championships for reigniting her career following the disappointment of her seventh-place finish at Rio 2016.
‘I know they’re not global medals, but they’re more personal ones,’ she says. ‘2017 was a really significant championships for me. I was really disappointed with my performance from Rio.
‘So, to come back and really make that statement, it meant a lot to get those first medals on a senior stage.
‘I’m well suited to indoors. It’s something that I enjoy and it’s a good benchmark to see where you’re at coming out of the winter.
How old is Laura Muir
Born on 9 May 1993 in Inverness, Scotland, Laura Muir was raised in Milnathort, Perth and Kinross since age three.
- Age : 29 years.
She attended Kinross High School, the same school as 400 m hurdler Eilidh Doyle along with her brother Rory who is two years younger than her.
She studied veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 2018.
One of her lecturers was veterinary pathologist, distance runner and teammate at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Hayley Haining.
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