2019 RunBlogRrun Podcast: The Muller Indoor GP Birmingham (Feb. 16, 2019), with thoughts from Larry Eder


The Muller Indoor GP is always a fun event. The final two events this year showed just how very good and very classy. In the men' 1,500 meters, Yomif Kejelcha had run 3:51.70 on January 26 and 3:48.46 on February 9. His coach, Alberto Salazar went on the record as noting Yomif was ready to challenge the 1500m/Mile records of one Hicham El Gherrouj (3:31.48, 3:48.45).

The pace was perfect: 55.8, 1:52.7 and 2:49.25. Bram Som, a man who has a metronome beating in his ears, paced the event just past 900 meters as Yomif Kejelcha took the lead, his long and tall image leading the race, with nineteen year old Samuel Tefera in tow. One watched Tefera hanging on, and then, with 100 meters to go, charge by Kejelcha, who was, by this time, spent.

Tefara 33104.pngSamuel Tefera sets WR of 3:31.04, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

Samuel Tefara ran 3:31.04, breaking the 22 year old WR of Hicham El Guerrouj (3:31.48). Yomif Kejelcha was rewarded with his efforts in a PB of 3:31.58.

In the final event, the women's mile, this was a build up for Laura Muir, UK Athletics' true rock star. I am a Muir liever. Yes. Laura has the talent to be in the medal hunt from 1,500m to 5,000m in major events. In Birmingham, she took down the 1,500m NR and Mile records, showing that she is a true talent and ready to double in Glasgow.

BL2_7487_2019021651744847_20190217020351.JPGLaura Muir, sets NRs of 4:01.83 and 4:18.75! photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

At 800 meters, passed in 2:12, Laura was on her own, her long, muscled stride churing up the track. That 1000m speed she possesses showed on the Arena Birminghad track as she ran negative splits, hitting 1200m in 3:16 and the final mile time in 4:18.75, for a 2:06.5 last 800m! En route, Laura Muir hit 4:01.83 for the 1,500m, showing once again, that Coach Andy Young and Laura Muir get the work done to be world class.

Enjoy our podcast.

Thanks again to British Athletics, Nike, USATF and of course, Mike Deering, who produces the podcast for the Shoe Addicts.

Remember, it is all about the fans.

fans at bhx.jpgBritish Athletics fans, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

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