Muir sets new Scottish Outdoor Record at 5000m

Monday 14th August 2017

Photo by Mark Shearman

Laura Muir‘s sixth place run at the london 2017 World Champs landed her a new Scottish Record for outdoors for the distance.

Muir, in her fifth race in 10 days, recorded a time of 14.52.07 and that eclipses Steph Twell‘s previous Record of 14.54.08 from August 2010 on the all-time list.

Eilish McColgan took 10th place in London in 15.00.43 – just outside the PB of 15.00.38 she ran in the World Champs 5000m heat on Thursday evening.

Laura, who is heading back to Glasgow Uni now to resume her veterinary studies, did run 14.49 indoors earlier this year for the Scottish Indoor Record.

Many congratulations to Laura, coach Andy Young, her family and all at Dundee Hawkhill Harriers and Glasgow University who assisted in her development over the years.

Video interview with Laura on British Athletics Twitter

Laura confirmed again that she is likely to miss the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast next April because it is so close to her final exams. The World Indoor Championships early in March are a potential target for 2018.

‘These next few months are going to be very full on with my studies, and people definitely won’t see as much of me racing,’ she explained. But I feel like I’m in reasonable shape. I’d like to run in Birmingham.’

Kenyan Hellen Obiri won gold in 14.34.86 with Almaz Ayana and Sifan Hassan the other medallists.

‘My fifth race in 10 days – it’s a lot of running and to still come away with that I think there’s a lot of potential for the future.’

‘I knew I had a lot of rounds in my legs so I had to pace myself and stay strong. I think I showed that over the last lap. There are lots of positives. In my heat I was a bit tired but I showed I could come back and I raced well today in the final, which is what really mattered.’

Tags: Eilish McColgan, Laura Muir, London 2107, World Champs

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