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Laura Muir – three champs, four medals in 2022

Laura Muir – three champs, four medals in 2022

Laura Muir is the focus of this piece, the first in a series by Stuart Weir on the Scottish athletes’ magnificent year in 2022 with 4 medals in 3 championships. Stuart Weir is our most prolific writer for most years, and he was again in 2022, with 24 stories and 120,000 words. For several years, I thought that Stuart was Scottish, not that he lived near Scotland. Stuart Weir has since corrected that error in judgement by his editor. 

Laura Muir – three champs, four medals in 2022

Having won Olympic silver in Tokyo, Laura Muir had every reason to look forward to the 2022 season with extra confidence.  She might also have had a little trepidation at the prospect of a program of 3 championships – Worlds, Commonwealths, and Europeans – in the space of five weeks. Laura was clear in her own mind that she wanted to be in all three championships.  She added that, helpfully, they had been arranged in her own order of preference. The World Championship was her priority.  Then the Commonwealth Games, as her medal collection lacked that one, and finally, the European Championship, where she was a defending champion.

Laura Muir, W 1500m heats, World Athletics Championships
Eugene, Oregon, USA
July15-26, 2022
1500 meters, photo by Kevin Morris

She explained: “Yes, in January 2022, I said to myself that I wanted to compete in all three championships and win a medal in all three.  So that was my goal.  I knew it was going to be tough, but I thought I could do it.  That was at a time when I was running really well before I had my injury issues.  And it all worked out”.

She was due to run in an indoor event in Glasgow in February but was injured with what proved to be “probably the most significant [injury] of my career so far in terms of length of time I had to have off running.  I didn’t run at all in February or March.  That was probably the longest time I haven’t run since I started at 11 years old because even at that age, I ran two or three times a week.  So not running for two months is the longest time I can ever remember.  And particularly with the Worlds being so early and with three champs.  But it worked out OK”.

Laura Muir being interviewed after her gold by Euan Thomas, photo by Scottish Athletics.

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