There were strong performances from a number of Scottish athletes at the Müller Anniversary Games Diamond League meeting in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium on Sunday (9 July). Athletes in action included Laura Muir, Chris O'Hare and Andrew Butchart.
Scots Strong At Müller Anniversary Games
Butchart took on Sir Mo Farah in the 3000m. Showing no interest in the early pace, Mo drifted smoothly to the front mid-race before Butchart injected a 59-second penultimate circuit to shake things up a bit. Mo's reply was a last lap in 55.3 to win (7:35.15) from Adel Mechaal (Spain, 7:36.32) and Butchart (7:37.56), who was rewarded for his temerity with a Scottish record.
Another flying Scotsman was in action in the 1500m as Chris O'Hare finished like a train to win (3:34.75) from Vincent Kibet (Kenya, 3:34.88) and Filip Ingebrigtsen (Norway, 3:34.91). Demonstrating his positive attitude, O'Hare said: “It is huge just knowing even in a 3:34 race that I’ve got the finish and could close down on the big guys so it is a huge confidence builder.”
Laura Muir returned to action after an injury scare to narrowly miss the British record in the women's mile. After discovering a healing stress fracture while altitude training in Flagstaff, Arizona in May she needs races before the IAAF World Championships. Last Thursday (6 July) the Dundee athlete ran 1:58.69 PB for 800m in the Lausanne Diamond League and was second in London (4:18.03) to her likely 5000m opponent, Hellen Obiri (Kenya, 4:16.56).
And so the stage is set for a magnificent World Championships in the Olympic Stadium from 4-13 August. Full details and results from the Müller Anniversary Games are available here.