Birmingham Diary, Day One: Laura Muir gets her first global medal in 3000 meters! Here's our interview!


Muir_Laura-WorInd18.jpgLaura Muir, waiting her time, 3000 meters, March 1, 2018, photo by

There are enormous expectations on Laura Muir in the United Kingdom. And Laura knows it, and so does British Athletics. Andy Young, her coach, gets it as well. In London last summer, Laura Muir took 4th in the 1,500m and sixth in the 5000 meters. It was an impressive performance, but no medals.

In Birmingham, Laura Muir made a mature move in the 3000 meters, always covering the moves of Genzebe Dibaba, then, Sifan Hassan and Hellen Obiri. Using that long strength and drive, Laura Muir put herself in a place where she could medal and she did. That long drive over the last 400 meters was thrilling, and Laura won her first global medal.

Laura had a long journey to even get to Birmingham, taking a taxi for six hours from snow covered Scotland. Her taxi bill, $2,250, which was covered by British Athletics.

Again, a tremendous race, where Genzebe Dibaba used a 1000 meter final push of 2:37 to win in 8:45! Hellen Obiri fell back, but Sifan Hassan charged and Laura Muir followed, separating the medalists from the madding crowd.

Here's our interview with Laura Muir, special thanks to The Shoe addicts!

Our thoughts on Laura Muir? A serious athlete, ensconced in her veternarian studies and training with Andy Young, who is a fine coach and a great guy to chat over running with on a cold evening.

Here's Laura Muir, post race, and our five minute interview:

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