It’s Monday, most of you (in the United States) aren’t working today. Happy President’s Day!
With this day off for America, let’s toss it to 2 days ago and focus on the United Kingdom and their female athletics star.
Prior to the race, the statement had been made that Muir would be going for the British record held by Kelly Holmes and possibly even Maria Mutola’s World Record of 2:30.94, which was set back in 1999. The 23-year-old was to be paced through 600 meters by Jenny Meadows. Once Meadows would step off the track, Muir would go up against the clock for the remaining 400 meters and whoever dared to go along at that blistering pace.
The race went off as planned. Meadows took Muir and American Kate Grace through 400 meters under 59 seconds, 600 meters under 1:30 and then on her own, Laura Muir split 2:00.50.
With the camera solely focused on Muir during the bell lap, you can hear the roar from the crowd. It was definitely an exciting race and one of the fastest in history. But at the end of it, not the fastest. She missed the world record by less than a second and ran 2:31.93.
It’s a race that’s definitely worth a watch. I listened to it live on BBC Radio, but had to re-watch it once I made it to a computer.