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Laura Muir in action in the mile at the Anniversary Games in London. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire

No Berlin double bid for Laura Muir as she focuses on 1500m

It was long anticipated – stated in fact – that Laura Muir would throw all her mighty energies into a single event at next month’s European Athletics Championship in Berlin. Following a few weeks in which the 25-year-old hinted, without complete clarity, that she might take on an arduous double mission, it was confirmed yesterday that she will indeed be a solo artiste in the German capital among a 102-strong British squad.

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Laura Muir, left, during the Millicent Fawcett Mile at the Muller Anniversary Games at London Stadium. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire

Laura Muir falls short in bid to break Zola Budd’s mile record

Hype now surrounds Laura Muir wherever she goes. The burden of expectation is the perk and the chore of emerging as the leader of a new young pack of British athletes with the immense challenge of following an illustrious generation that was illuminated by the spotlight of a home Olympic Games at London 2012.

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Laura Muir. Pic: Michael Steele/Getty Images for IAAF

Laura Muir confident of toppling Budd’s mile record

It was a midsummer’s night in Zurich when Zola Budd, at the height of her considerable but controversial powers, claimed the British mile record, just four weeks after an assault on the mark in Edinburgh came up short. Since then 33 years and two generations of pretenders have passed. Yet the time of 4 minutes 17.57 seconds has remained untouched by another British woman.

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Eilidh Doyle faces a tough return to competition with Dalilah Muhammad and Janieve Russell also in the 400m hurdles line-up. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Eilidh Doyle leaps into unknown on return from three-month lay-off

Eilidh Doyle is accustomed to jumping and adjustments on the fly. This afternoon in London, the Olympic medalist will take a leap into the unknown. Sidelined for three months with a strain in her calf that swiped 40 per cent of the power from her left leg, she will return to action over 400 metres hurdles at the Muller Anniversary Games in the belief that she can speedily regain her prime form with the European Championships in Berlin now less than three weeks away.

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