Laura Muir Battles Hellen Obiri Over Mile! Live from London

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One of the highlights of the Muller Anniversary Games was Laura Muir's attempt at the World Record Mile. It had been attempted on July 6 in Lausanne by Genzebe Dibaba and she had run 4:16.05. The record, from August 14, 1996, is by Svetlana Masterkova, who ran 4:12.56 after winning both the 800m and 1,500m in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Muir_Laura-Pre17.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Laura Muir followed Jenny Meadows, with Hellen Obiri right behind. They split 62.34 with Jenny Meadows leading at 400 meters and 2:07.27 at 800 meters, with Jenny Meadows leading through 900 meters. Laura Muir took the lead, with Hellen Obiri in hot pursuit.

Obiri_Hellen1-Pre16.jpgHellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hellen Obiri, 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalist, has run some brilliant races this year, with her 14:22.47 on May 13, then, a 4:00.46 1,500m on May 27 and a 14:18.37 for 5000 meters in Rome on June 6. Hellen Obiri is building for London 2017.

HELLEN OBIRI 🇰🇪 TAKES LONDON DL WOMEN'S MILE, MUIR 🇬🇧 2ND, SIMPSON 🇺🇸 RUNS U.S. #2 ALL-TIME - RESULTS 1 4:16.56 MR,NR OBIRI, Hellen 🇰🇪 2 4:18.03 PB MUIR, Laura 🇬🇧 3 4:19.55 PB CHEBET, Winny 🇰🇪 2* 4 4:19.58 NR CICHOCKA, Angelika 🇵🇱 3* 5 4:19.98 PB SIMPSON, Jenny 🇺🇸 6 4:20.88 PB WEIGHTMAN, Laura 🇬🇧 7 4:22.40 NR MAGEEAN, Ciara 🇮🇪 8 4:23.15 PB COURTNEY, Melissa 🇬🇧 9 4:23.96 PB HALL, Linden 🇦🇺 10 4:24.01 PB GRACE, Kate 🇺🇸 11 4:24.68 PB GARCIA, Stephanie 🇺🇸 12 4:25.39 PB TWELL, Stephanie 🇬🇧 13 4:25.89 PB SNOWDEN, Katie 🇬🇧 14 4:28.59 PB JUDD, Jessica 🇬🇧 15 4:35.54 - - EMBAYE, Axumawit 🇪🇹 - * position in Diamond Race series rankings (top 5) - RACE STATS • First 14 finishers ran their personal best times • Obiri is exactly 4 seconds away from the WR (400m splits) @hellenobiri -> 62.8-65.0-64.7-62.5 @trackjenny -> 64.1-64.9-65.1-64.4 @fastkate -> 63.4-64.7-66.1-68.3 @steph_steeples -> 63.8-65.0-66.5-67.8 - QUOTES "The race went as I hoped. I was strong. I was very confident going into the race. Laura was very strong but I went with her and tried to stay as close as I could. I knew I had a good finish. It was important to come and do well in a DIamond League meeting. The track and the crowd are fantastic" -OBIRI - #londondl #mulleranniversarygames #diamondleague #roadtolondon #london2017 #dyestat #milesplit #letsrun #flotrack #usatf #worlderunners #worldrunners #goat #nikeplus #justdoit #nikerunning #tracknation #trackandfield #track #raceday #runnershigh #runnerslife #runnerspace #tracklife #trackday #runner #run #runners #running

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Laura Muir was coming off a precautionary two week break due to a stress reaction (this is per her coach). Many media organizations noted that her World Champs might be in doubt. That was not correct. On July 6, Laura Muir ran a fine PB over 800 meters in the deepest 800 meters of the year, with her PB 1:58.69 in fifth place.

But the mile was hard, and perhaps a bit too fast early on. In the final lap, Laura Muir pushed, with Hellen Obiri inspired and Hellen went by in the last stretch, with Hellen Obiri running 4:16.56, MR and NR, with Laura Muir in second in 4:18.03.

The former meet record goes back to Mary Slaney, US star of the 1970s and 80s, who ran 4:19.56 at the London meeting on 2 August 1985 (on 24 August, Mary Slaney ran 4:16.71 in Zurich).

The mile was deep, with Winny Chebet (Kenya) in third in 4:19.55, Angelika Cichoka, (Poland), in 4:19.58 NR, and Jenny Simpson (USA), 4:19.98 PB and Laura Weightman (GBR), 4:20.05 PB. The mile was a huge PB fest!

Here is my attempt at Live coverage of the fine mile event!

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