Latest Athletics News (Week 5 May 2018)

Muir to aim for British Mile record

Laura Muir has confirmed that she will attempt to break the British mile record at the London Anniversary Games to be held on Sunday, 22nd July. At the same event in 2016, Muir, double world indoor champion, broke 1500m British record set by Kelly Holmes. In last year’s London Anniversary Games, the 25-year-old narrowly missed out on breaking Zola Budd’s British mile record of 4:17.57, finishing the race in 4 minutes and 18.03 seconds, finishing in 2nd position. She would be attempting to break this 33 year old record again this time. The athlete was reported saying that British distance running has a special place for the mile and she is glad to be allowed to participate in and race the mile. She went on to say that her primary aim is to win the race at the 2018 London Anniversary Games and that it would be fantastic if she can set a new British mile record in the process, especially because it would be fitting to have a new record set in the year that the athletic world lost the legendary Sir Roger Bannister. Muir also said that the cheering from the British crowd also played a big part in motivating her when she broke the 1500m record and she hopes to get the same encouragement this time. Follow all our World Cup Betting Tips here.

 

Tom Walsh to compete at Prefontaine Classic

Canterbury shot putter Tom Walsh is going to attempt at ticking off another achievement off his list as he competes at the Prefontaine Classic to take place at Oregon. In the last couple of years, Walsh has stunned the athletic world with his stellar performances. Starting with a bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he has won two world indoor titles as well as the outdoor crown at Birmingham in 2017. His latest achievement has been gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, besides attaining his new personal best of 22.67m at Auckland this year. Walsh still wishes for a Diamond League victory, which he may be able to claim with the Prefontaine Classic.

 

Leon Reid opens about his foster care

Bath-born sprinter, Leon Reid said athletics played a huge role in keeping him grounded during the years he spent in foster care. Representing Britain, Reid claimed the European Junior and Under-23 medals. He recently won bronze for Northern Ireland at the 2018Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The sprinter now wishes to represent Ireland, in honour of his biological mother, who recently passed away. While the IAAF is yet to approve Reid’s international transfer, he said he hopes that his career and achievements can motivate young people who hail from similar backgrounds.