Athletics

Athletics

Laura Muir thrives on pressure as she learns how to execute big races

Laura Muir believes the pressure to deliver on the world stage will drive her on this season. Muir made history last month by becoming the first athlete to claim the ‘double-double’ at the European Indoor Championships, winning the 1500 metres and 3,000 metres in Glasgow two years after claiming both in Belgrade.

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Laura Muir crosses the line to win the 1500m title in Glasgow last night. Picture: SNS.

Laura Muir makes history with golden double

Golds, and resolute dominance, are becoming Laura Muir’s stock in trade. Records too, of which she now holds a decent clutch. History, genuine inscriptions in the pantheon of track and field, are rare and maddeningly difficult to obtain. Yet last night in Glasgow, inside the building where she frequently trains, the Scot became the first athlete in the half-century’s existence of the European Indoor Championships to acquire a pair of titles at successive editions. An unprecedented double-double. New ground indeed.

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Laura Muir hopes to leave rivals in her wake in Glasgow. Picture: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Laura Muir ready for her own ‘Rumble in the Jungle’

Hidden beneath a knitted beanie, Laura Muir glided anonymously through the lobby of a Glasgow hotel yesterday, keeping a low profile, eyes solely on the prize. Even though the 25-year-old has grown ever more accustomed to the spotlight with each passing athletics season, there is a sense she would much rather let her glorious running speak pointedly for itself.

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Guy Learmonth is going for 800m gold on a home track in Glasgow. Picture: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty

Guy Learmonth out to eclipse idol Tom McKean’s 800m record

Guy Learmonth once had grand illusions of being a talismanic captain of his country when an important occasion was about to take place on Scottish soil. This weekend, the 26-year-old finally gets his wish. Growing up in the Borders, this was not quite as he imagined when he was launching a ball around in the company of childhood chum 
Stuart Hogg.

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Steph Twell wins the Lindsays Scottish National Cross Country at Callendar Park in Falkirk. Picture: Bobby Gavin/scottishathletics

Steph Twell wins Scottish cross-country title in Kilbarchan yellow

Sporting the yellow colours of Kilbarchan Athletics Club for the very first time yesterday in tribute to her Paisley-born mother, Steph Twell wanted to commemorate the occasion with a performance worthy of the vest. The family has long been based in southern England, where the two-time Olympian was born, but the Caledonian roots remain entrenched in the soil. And in the mud of Falkirk, Isobel’s daughter did her proud by claiming the Scottish cross-country title on her maiden appearance at the event.

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