Laura Muir out to break Zola Budd mile record on way to world championships

The Scot has set five British records over various distances in the past year and tackles the mile for the third time at the Anniversary Games on Sunday

It remains one of the most memorable images in British athletics: a teenage Zola Budd, head bobbing barely above the chests of her rivals, smashing some record or other and doing it all in her bare feet. Nowadays, only Budd’s British one-mile record of 4min 17.57sec, set at the Zurich Weltklasse meeting in 1985, still stands. Yet there is every chance it will be obliterated on Sunday by Laura Muir, who tackles the mile distance for the third time in her life at the Anniversary Games in London.

In the past 12 months the 24-year-old Muir has set five British and two European records at distances ranging from 1,000m to 5,000m as well as winning European indoor gold over 1500m and 3,000m in March. Crucially, she proved she was back to her best after a recent stress fracture in her left foot by running an 800m personal best of 1:58.69 in Lausanne on Thursday.

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