Person of the Week for the week of August 24: Laura Muir

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The Athletics Illustrated Person of the Week honours for the week of
August 24, 2020, goes to Scottish middle-distance runner Laura Muir.
Muir ran an impressive 400m final lap of her 1500m Stockholm
Diamond League meet to win by nearly four seconds. She ran the final lap in 59.86, to finish in 3:57.87.

 

Muir won the 1500m race. Her tactics worked well as she finished in the time of 3:57.87 owing to her fast 59.86 final lap. The top three finishers were all from the UK including Muir, Laura Weightman was who finished in second place recording a 4:01.62 time, and Melissa Courtney-Bryant third in 4:01.81, which represents a new personal best. There was a fourth runner from the UK in Eilish McColgan (8th, 4:03.73). The top non-British runners was Kenyan Winny Chebet, who finished fourth. She crossed the finish line in the time of 4:03.58.

Muir has run as fast as 3:55.22, demonstrating her final 400m kick so dominantly suggests that she is in roughly her best form all-time.

Weightman has run as fast as 4:00.17. The 29-year-old’s lifetime best cam in Paris six years ago.

Twenty-six-year-old Melissa Courtney-Bryant improved upon her previous 1500m record by near two seconds (4:03.44).

Results are available here>>

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