Laura Muir sets new 3000m personal best

Laura Muir. Picture: John Devlin

Laura Muir. Picture: John Devlin

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One performance stood out amidst some mixed results for Scottish athletes in Europe at the weekend.

Kinross star Laura Muir set a personal best of 8mins 38.47 seconds for the 3000 metres in Hengelo, Netherlands yesterday to jump to third on the Scottish all-time ranking list behind Liz McColgan and Musselburgh’s Yvonne Murray-Moody. Muir was a close second behind Kenya’s Irene Jelegat, who clocked 8:36.96.

At the same meeting Dalmeny’s Allan Smith was second in the high jump clearing a modest 2.22m before failing at 2.25m.

At Oordegem, Belgium, on Saturday, Guy Learmonth (Lasswade) could finish only sixth in his first outdoor 800m of the season in 1:47.65 while Emily Dudgeon (Edinburgh AC) was back in ninth place in a women’s 800m in Manchester in 2:03.79.

Learmonth, who is scheduled to run against the redoubtable Kenyan David Rudisha in the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava tonight, could not disguise his disappointment at the result: “That’s not a reflection of the shape I’m in but at least the cobwebs are blown away,” he said. “There were 16 in the race and a lot of pushing and shoving so it was a bit of a nightmare really.”

Learmonth’s young stablemate, Cameron Tindle (EAC), duly won the under-20 100m at the East District Championships at Grangemouth on Saturday in a personal best of 10.78 secs despite running into a headwind.