Laura Muir smashes Kirsty Wade’s 31-year-old British indoor mile record

first_imgShare on Facebook news Share via Email Holly Bradshaw produced her second-best pole vault since 2012, clearing 4.81m to beat a stacked field that included the Greek Olympic champion, Katerina Stefanidi, and she revealed that she had been dropped by her sponsors Nike in January.“Obviously, a little bit harder but I’ve been really sensible over the past couple of years,” she said. “Hopefully if people see me performing they might want to sponsor me.”She denied that being dropped had given her a wake-up call. “Stuff like that doesn’t spur me on. I’m just trying to do good for me. I love pole vaulting and I love the feeling of flying.”There was a world record in the men’s 1500m as the 19-year-old Ethiopian Samuel Tefera won a sprint finish against his compatriot Yomif Kejelcha to beat Hicham El Guerrouj’s mark and win in 3.31.04. “I can’t believe that,” said Tefera. Topics There was no such joy for the double European 60m champion Richard Kilty, whose chances of a historic treble evaporated when he fell just short of the 6.60sec British qualifying standard in the men’s final.With the country’s two best 60m sprinters, Reece Prescod and CJ Ujah, swerving Glasgow it is possible that no male sprinters will be selected for the team.What frustrates Kilty is that while European Athletics allows anyone who has run 6.78sec to compete in its championships, British Athletics has insisted on a much stricter criteria, which he has failed to meet because of foot and achilles’ injuries. Laura Muir Show No sooner had Laura Muir obliterated the 31-year-old British indoor mile record by an astonishing five seconds than she started wrapping herself up in cotton wool. She knows the biggest threat to retaining her European 1500m and 3,000m titles in Glasgow could be the February flu rather than anything on two legs. She did not pose for selfies, as she usually does; instead her coach Andy Young handed fans autographed photographs.A smiling Muir said: “I signed 66 cards – so I hope that’s enough for everyone. I didn’t want to leave the fans without things but I’ve got to look after my own health.” Laura Muir (@lauramuiruns)British Record x 2!!!! 1500m split in my mile race today was a new record too 😊Last to leave the stadium tonight after anti-doping.Thanks so much for all your messages x pic.twitter.com/xRrP8397FyFebruary 16, 2019 Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media It is surely a wise precaution given how supreme and sublime Muir looked in chasing down Kirsty Wade’s 4min 23.86sec, set in 1988, to claim her sixth British record. For good measure her time of 4:18.75 was the third-fastest mile in history and broke her own 1500m national indoor record.Initially, Muir’s pace was steady as she went through halfway bang on schedule in 2:12. But when her pacemaker dropped out and it became a four-lap time-trial the 25-year-old Scot hunted the record down with zealous intent before tumbling over the line.“It’s pretty special to get the record, especially one which has stood for such a long time and from an iconic runner with Kirsty,” said Muir. “It’s a world lead, the third-fastest ever behind the European and world records so I’ll take that.”“For the next two weeks I’ll try to stay away from as many people as possible – not that I don’t like people, it’s just colds are everywhere.” Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Since you’re here…center_img Share on Pinterest It has left Kilty, who finished fifth in the final won by China’s Su Bingtian in 6.47, relying on the unlikely possibility that the selectors hand him a reprieve when they announce their team on Sunday.“During the last two Euros, 6.60 has got at least a bronze so I would be in with a shout of a medal if I went,” he said. “I know I am capable of running faster than that, which puts me in with a chance of defending my title. I really do have faith in myself.“My message to selectors is that I am a championship performer who has never been beaten in a major championship. Hopefully, they have some faith in me. It would mean the world to me to stand on the line after the year and a half I have had.”As things stand the British selectors could name only Ojie Edoburun, who finished last in last week’s trials, and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, who did not get out of the semi-finals – both of whom would qualify having run 10.20 outdoors last year.Asha Philip, who finished second to the Jamaican Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson, in the women’s 60m final, said she would take Kilty. “He’s had a few injuries and niggles but I know that he’s capable,” she said. “I would put my money on Kilty if they take him.” Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Share on LinkedIn The Observer Thank you for your feedback. Support The Guardian Hide Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful? Read more Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. 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