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British middle-distance runners, Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie, have quit their training camp in South Africa as they have had an apparent falling out with coach Andy Young.
The two returned to Britain and are now training at Loughborough University on their own.
The outdoor track season is underway, the professional Diamond League is starting soon and the Budapest World Athletics Championships are just five months away.
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“UK Athletics can confirm that Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie left their altitude training location last week to return home to the UK,” according to a staff member.
The Olympic medallist Laura Muir and her GB teammate Jemma Reekie have flown home from South Africa after a shock falling out with their long-term coach Andy Young.
Young has coached Muir for more than 12 years, denied reports of a break up.
“There was no bust-up,” Young told the Guardian. “I think you would find the girls were worried about my health if you spoke to them. Felt I wasn’t looking after myself properly, maybe thought pressure was getting to me. I’d say they were reading too much into it.”
The 29-year-old Muir of Scotland holds six national records in in the 1000m and 1500m distances outdoors and 1000m to the 5000m indoors. She has won 11 international medals including Tokyo Olympic silver in 2021.
Reekie holds the Scottish indoor mile record and mile road record, a national best (not record). In Tokyo she finished in fourth position in the 800m final.