Muir fails to beat long-standing British mile record after ‘disappointing’ race at the Muller Anniversary Games

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Zola Budd’s barefoot mile best of 4:17:57 has been the British record for the past 33 years, and this weekend, Great Britain’s Laura Muir fell short in her attempts to beat this record at the Muller Anniversary Games.

A year on from her first unsuccessful attempt to beat the longstanding record, Muir was given top billing at London’s Olympic Stadium as she lined up to try again. In a rare off-day, the 25-year-old runner failed to get near the head of the pack, finishing in fifth position with a time of 4 minutes 19.28 seconds – well outside of Budd’s record, but also more than a second down on her time a year ago.

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Muir admits she got her pacing wrong during the race, saying afterwards: “I am a little disappointed but I went through the first half of the race too fast and when you do that, it catches up with you in the second half.

“I know it’s there if I run in a perfect way and I didn’t run that here.

“We did well in training. But it’s a matter of when you run that fast, you have to be perfect. If you’re off even the slightest bit off, you’re going to pay for it. It showed in the latter stages. I just didn’t quite time it right.”

Muir will be one of the favourites at next month’s European Championships in Berlin, where she is planning to race the 800m and 1500m. Dutch rival Sifan Hassan, who secured a national record of 4 minutes 14.71 seconds at the Anniversary Games, has said she will ‘probably’ only race the 5,000m in Berlin.