Laura Muir will be a top medal hope for GB in Belgrade

In-form Laura Muir will launch her bid to become a double champion after the Great Britain squad for the European Indoor Championships was confirmed.

Scotland's Laura Muir in action at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire.
Scotland's Laura Muir in action at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire.

The 23-year-old veterinary student from Milnathort is included in the team for 
Serbia from 3-5 March.

Joining her are fellow Scots Guy Learmonth, Eilish McColgan, Steph Twell and Eilidh Doyle.

The squad, also includes defending 60metres champion Richard Kilty, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and world No 1 one for the 60m hurdles, Andrew Pozzi.

Muir is in the form of her life after taking a second off Dame Kelly Holmes’ British indoor 1,000m time at the Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday and will race in the 1,500m and 3,000m.

Performance director Neil Black said: “I’m pleased with the blend of this team.

“We’ve got Olympic medallists in Robbie Grabarz, Eilidh Doyle and Asha Philip, World indoor medallists in Lorraine Ugen and Richard Kilty, as well as exceptionally talented athletes like Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Laura Muir and Andrew Pozzi, all of whom I expect to make the step up this year and start winning global medals.

“Then we have Jazmin Sawyers, Steph Twell and Lee Emanuel, all European medallists who should be looking to make a statement of intent for 2017 by repeating those performances and finishing on the podium in Belgrade.

“Plus, there is a good depth of emerging talent with the likes of Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, Morgan Lake and David 
Omoregie, who all have potential to claim medals. With a home World Championships in London, 2017 is an even bigger year for us than 2016, so starting it off in a positive manner is essential and I am expecting to see a number of medal winning performances in Belgrade.”

Muir also set a new European record with the second fastest run of all time in Birmingham on Saturday, which came just weeks after posting a new European 3,000m indoor record and the British 5,000m indoor record.

Britain has a number of podium potentials in Belgrade, with Pozzi favourite and Kilty aiming to defend his 2015 60m sprint title.

World indoor medallist and British champion Lorraine Ugen, European medallist Jazmin Sawyers, and Johnson-Thompson, who has recovered from a hamstring strain, will all be looking to claim Britain’s first European indoor medal for 33 years in the women’s long jump.