With just 100 days to go, it was announced yesterday that double-double European champion and multi-British record holder Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young, club: Dundee Hawkhill) will attempt to set a 1000m World Record at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow on Saturday 15 February 2020.
Confirmed to compete at the event which sees her race on familiar territory in her home city of Glasgow, the reigning double European indoor champion and European outdoor 1500m champion will aim to start 2020 in electric style as she targets a historic world record -breaking performance in front of her home crowd. The current world record is 2:30.94 and is held by Maria Mutola.
Muir is already the British and European record holder over 1000m having clocked 2:31.93 back in 2017 to go second on the all-time list behind Maria Mutola, and now she will aim to take the number one spot by breaking the world record of 2:30.94 – set back in 1999 – when she races at the Emirates Arena next February.
Not only does the venue serve as Muir’s indoor training base, but the 26-year-old also won 1500m and 3000m gold there at 2019’s European Indoor Championships – so she is relishing the opportunity to compete in front of packed home crowd as part of her Olympic Games preparations.
Speaking on racing at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow, Laura Muir said: “I can’t think of a better way to begin 2020 and Olympic year than with a world record attempt in my home city and in front of a home crowd at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow.
“Through the hard sessions this winter, knowing that I’ll be stepping back out onto the track in Glasgow will be absolutely huge motivation, as will the opportunity to attack what is a really tough and long-standing world record.
“With that said, I feel that going quicker that 2:30.94 is a real possibility, and I can’t think of a better place to go for the record than in Glasgow and at such a world-class event.”
On the role the Emirates Arena crowd can play in the attempt, Muir added:
“I know all about the Glasgow crowd from the European Indoors this year and I know they will be crazy as ever, so the opportunity to achieve something as historic as a world record with them cheering me all the way is really special.”
The Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow is the worlds best one-day indoor athletics event. Also serving as the UK-leg of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, the event continues to attract the best athletes in the world to compete in the UK.
Muir’s presence in Glasgow sees her join the previously-announced Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Bertrand Valcin, Liverpool Harriers) in competing at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow.
Taking place on Saturday 15 February, tickets for Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow are available in limited supply via https://www.theticketfactory.com/british-athletics/online/