Laura Muir starts 2017 with a bang to smash British indoor 5000m record

Laura Muir delivered a remarkable statement of intent for the year ahead by smashing yet another British record – this time the 5000m indoor mark – during the GAA Miler Meet at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. It was only her second track race over the distance.

In her first outing of 2017, the Scot clocked 14:19.12 to destroy the record of 15:03.71 set by compatriot Liz McColgan-Nuttall back in 1992. Muir also covered the first 3000m in a time of 8:59.39, inside the qualifying standard to run the distance at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade this March.

What is also noteworthy is the fact that she ran 16 laps out on her own, steadily cranking up the pace. She is now third on the European indoor all-time list for 5000m and moves into the top 10 on the world indoor all-time list too.

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