Muir eyes more indoor success in Birmingham next year

Muir eyes more indoor success in Birmingham next year
By Sportsbeat

09/11/2018 at 16:17Updated

Five-time British record holder Laura Muir hopes Birmingham will continue to be a happy hunting ground for her when the Müller Indoor Grand Prix returns to the city in February.

The middle-distance star enjoyed a successful 2018 with two world indoor medals being followed by European 1500m gold and the IAAF Diamond League title.

Muir ended the year ranked as the world’s number one over 1500m and wants to hit the ground running in 2019 by claiming another victory in front of the British fans.

And with a formidable record at the Arena Birmingham on her side, the 25-year-old Scot is feeling confident she can add to her already glittering medal collection.

“Having won my two world indoor medals there as well as breaking the British 1000m record back in 2017, it’s really exciting to be returning to the Arena Birmingham for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham next February,” said the double European champion.

“Historically the Muller Indoor Grand Prix is an event I’ve always managed to perform well at, and where Birmingham is concerned I know that as an athlete you’re always in for an amazing atmosphere at what is the showpiece indoor event of the season.

“With the event being ranked as the world’s best indoor meeting, I know that there will lots of fantastic races with many of the top athletes on the planet, and I can’t wait to be part of that.

“I would love to win again in front of the fantastic British fans that’d be a great start to another big season for me in 2019.”

Muir is not the only British star to have prospered at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in recent years, with Sir Mo Farah and Dina Asher-Smith also delivering memorable moments at the event.

Regarded as the world’s number one ranked indoor athletics event, fans will get the chance to see many of the leading athletes in the world go head to head.

And major events director for British Athletics Cherry Alexander expects the city will be treated to even more special performances at Arena Birmingham on February 16.

“The Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham is the stand out indoor meeting in the world and is an amazing opportunity for fans to see our British stars like Laura up close and personal against the very best athletes in the world,” she said.

“There’s a real buzz and excitement in Birmingham with the Commonwealth Games less than four years away and this will be one of the biggest events in the city as it counts down to the Games.”

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