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Double European indoor champion and five-time British record holder Laura Muir has announced that she’ll race over 3000m at the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships, taking place from the 17 – 18 February 2018 at Arena Birmingham.
Glasgow based athlete Muir will compete in the straight final of the discipline on Saturday 17 February, looking to win her first British title over 3000m as well as grabbing a spot on the British team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in March.
“I’m looking forward to racing the 3000m in a month’s time in Birmingham,” says Muir. “Training has been going really over the longer distances and the 3000m on February 17th will form part of my preparations for the upcoming World Indoor Championships in the same venue a couple of weeks later.”
“If I come away with the victory in Birmingham it will complete the full middle distance set, having previously won the 800m and 1500m at the championships in recent years.”
Muir will join fellow Scottish athletes Eilish McColgan and Steph Twell at the event, which acts as the trails for the world indoors the following month.
“To be a British champion is a really big honour. I take great pride in win the title even more so now competition is really tough in women’s endurance events. We saw that strength last year with the amount of girls who ran qualifying times for 800m, 1500m and the 5000m for the World Championships in London.”
“To be a British champion in our events, you have to produce something special and be one of the best in the world, so it’s always a fight to reach the top of the podium. There should be a lot of depth at the trials so it will be exciting for everyone.”
Muir achieved success as British indoor champion over 1500m in 2013 and 2015, and over 800m in 2014. She represented Great Britain at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and competed in the World Athletics Championships last year.
She announced she would not be taking part in the Commonwealth Games this year to focus on her veterinary studies.
The SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships take place from the 17 – 18 February 2018 at Arena Birmingham.
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