2019 Birmingham Diary: Stuart Weir opines on the Highlights and odd lights at the 2019 Muller Indoor GP Birmingham


P1080769.JPGStuart Weir with colleague, Brit Bear, photo from the Stuart Weir collection

Stuart Weir has the kind of mind that is always buzzing. In 2014, he suggested to a group of Scottish papers that America just might want to join the CG Games as they were a former colony. This time around, in his column three of 3 for the 2019 Muller Indoor GP Birmingham, Stuart provides some comic relief in the mostly serious world of athletic journalism.

One thing, Stuart, Laura Muir set two NRs in her mile (1,609 meter) run, a 4:01.83 for the 1,500m and a 4:18.78 for the mile!

laura muir.jpgLaura Muir now has Indoor NRs at 800m, 1000m, 1,500m, Mile, 3,000m and 5,000m! photo by British Athletics

Highlights and odd lights

Club Connect relays: An excellent way of warming up the crowd, allowing kids to run on the track in front of spectators and earning prize money for their clubs. I did feel, however, that the beanbag catching game may need some refining!

The women's long jump saw the Olympic Champion, Ivana Spanovic, winning with 6.78. Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers, who had both disappointed at the trials, trying to catch the selectors' eye was an absorbing sub-plot. With Irozuru second with 6.59 and Sawyers third with 6.36, both made the team for Glasgow. Sawyers' success disproved the theory that like Samson, she had lost power by cutting her hair.

Last week's GB champion, Shelayna Oskan Clarke again proved to be number one, winning in 2:01.16. Mari Smith, second last week but without the Glasgow qualifying time, secured it a week later, while Adelle Tracey ran a PB of 2:01.95 for second place to secure the third Glasgow place. A rare race with three winners.

Alemaz Samuel won the women's 3000m in an Ethiopian 1,2,3,4 with Scottish athlete, Eilish McColgan - unable to run in the trials because of injury - doing enough to secure her Glasgow selection.

All six runners in the women's 400 ran a season's best, with Stephenie Ann McPherson first in 52.24 and Jaide Stepher sixth but only 0.66 seconds behind. Picking up a common theme Eilidh Doyle - another Scot - did enough in finishing second to gain her place for Glasgow.

Juan Miguel Echevarria had two 8 meter jumps (8.15 and 8.20) and three fouls in his series.

Joseph Deng set a national record in the men's 800 and Stewart McSweyn in the 1500 - both were Australian records.

Bram Som may have set some kind of record himself, as he paced two world records in two days, in Birmingham and Monaco.

We had an eagerly anticipated world record in the men's 1500m but the wrong man won! It was set up for Yamif Kejelcha of Ethiopia to break the record. Kejelcha duly ran a PR but his 19 year-old fellow-countryman, Samuel Tefera, was half a second faster (3:31.04) and the world record is his. Not a lot of people know this - Jon Mulkeen does - Kejelcha's 3:31.58 is the fastest ever runner-up time in an indoor 1500m.

Holly Bradshaw won what was the second indoor pole vault competition in history that has had three women vault 4.81m+ (another Mulkeen stat).

And finally, Laura Muir who is so famous that Glasgow 2019 has put her face on a luggage label, set a British record in the women's 1609m, a distance sometimes called the mile, in 4:18.75.

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