Laura Muir
Muir in 2017
Personal information
Born (1993-05-09) 9 May 1993 (age 28)
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight108 lb (49 kg)
Country Great Britain
Event(s)Middle-, Long-distance running
ClubDundee Hawkhill Harriers & Glasgow University
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2013 Moscow
  • 800 m, 9th (sf)
  • 2015 Beijing
  • 1500 m, 5th
  • 2017 London
  • 1500 m, 4th
  • 5000 m, 6th
  • 2019 Doha
  • 1500 m, 5th
Olympic finals
  • 2016 Rio de Janeiro
  • 1500 m, 7th
  • 2020 Tokyo
  • 1500 m,  Silver
Personal best(s)

Laura Muir (born 9 May 1993)[1] is a Scottish middle- and long-distance runner.[2] She is the 2020 Tokyo Olympic silver medallist in the 1500 metres, having previously finished seventh in the 1500m final at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has three top five placings in 1500m finals at the World Championships, finishing fifth in 2015, fourth in 2017 (where she was also sixth in the 5000 metres), and fifth in 2019. She is a two-time 2018 World Indoor Championship medallist, winning silver at 1500m and bronze at 3000m, the 1500m 2018 European champion, and a four-time European Indoor Champion, winning the 1500m/3000m double in 2017 and 2019,

Muir first broke the British record in the 1500m in July 2016. She set the current record of 3:54.50 in 2021 at the Tokyo Olympics, which ranks her in the world all-time top 15. She also broke the European indoor records at both the 1000 metres and 3000 metres in 2017, and broke the Scottish record in the 800 metres with 1:56.73 in 2021. Her best time of 4:18.03 for the Mile run, ranks her in the world all-time top 20. Muir is also a two-time 1500m Diamond League winner.


Born in Inverness, Scotland, Muir made her international debut in the 2011 European Cross-Country Championships,[3] when she was part of the Great Britain junior women's team that won gold.[4] At the end of the year, she was a nominee in the Daily Record Young Athlete of the Year awards.[5]

At the 2013 World Championships in Athletics Muir represented Great Britain in the 800 metres, she reached the semi-finals with a personal best time of 2:00.83.[6] At the 2014 Diamond League event in Paris, she ran 4:00.07 in the 1500 metres, to break Yvonne Murray's 27-year-old Scottish record.[citation needed] At the 2016 Diamond League event at the Olympic Park in London 22 July she ran 3:57.49 for 1500 metres to break Kelly Holmes' British record. On 27 August 2016, at the Paris Diamond League meet, she lowered her Personal Best and the National 1500m record to 3:55.22 [7] Her time also made her the fastest woman in the world over 1500m for the year. In 2016, she became only the third British woman to win a Diamond League title as she won the 1500m title in Zurich.[8]

Muir broke the previous British 1000m record held by Kelly Holmes at the Birmingham indoor Grand Prix, 2:31.93 (within a second of the world record) on 18 February 2017. She also broke the British Indoor 5000m record on 4 January, 14.49.12 (her second ever time running that distance)

Muir (right) at the 1500m final of the 2017 World Championships
Muir (right) at the 1500m final of the 2017 World Championships

At the 2017 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Muir took gold in the 1500 metres, breaking Doina Melinte's 32-year old championship record along the way,[9] and followed it up by taking a second title in the 3000 metres with another championship record the next day.[10]

Muir finished fourth in the 1500m and sixth in the 5000m at the 2017 World Championships in London. Following the championships, she announced that she would miss the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April in order to focus on her veterinary medicine exams.[11] She did compete in March 2018 at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, where she won a bronze medal in the 3000m, followed by a silver medal in the 1500m two days later. In August, she won the 1500 metres title at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, the first British woman ever to win the European 1500m title.[12] She followed this breakthrough by winning her second Diamond League title over 1500 metres, her second, but her first since the move to a championship format.

At the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships Muir took gold in the 3000 metres, with another championship record, and the 1500 metres, repeating her achievements in 2017.[13]

At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Muir took the Silver Medal in the 1500 metres, in a new British record time, behind Faith Kipyegon of Kenya.[14]

Personal life

Muir attended Kinross High School, the same school as 400m hurdler Eilidh Doyle[15] along with her brother Rory who is two years younger than her. She studied veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow[16] where one of her lecturers was veterinary pathologist, distance runner and teammate at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Hayley Haining.[17]


Muir at the 2019 European Indoor Championships in Glasgow

All information taken from World Athletics profile.

Personal bests

Type Event Time Date Place Notes
Outdoor track 800 metres 1:56.73 9 July 2021 Monaco, Monaco
1500 metres 3:54.50 6 August 2021 Tokyo, Japan NR
3000 metres 8:30.64 21 July 2017 Monaco, Monaco
5000 metres 14:52.07 13 August 2017 London, United Kingdom
Indoor 800 metres 1:58.44 1 February 2020 Glasgow, United Kingdom
1500 metres 3:59.58 9 February 2021 Liévin, France NR
3000 metres 8:26.41 4 February 2017 Karlsruhe, Germany European record
5000 metres 14:49.12 4 January 2017 Glasgow, United Kingdom NR
Outdoor track 1000 metres 2:30.82 14 August 2020 Monaco, Monaco NR
Mile 4:18.03 9 July 2017 London, United Kingdom
Indoor 1000 metres 2:31.93 18 February 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom European record
Mile 4:18.75 16 February 2019 Birmingham, United Kingdom

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain /  Scotland
2013 European U23 Championships Tampere, Finland 3rd 1500 m 4:08.19
World Championships Moscow, Russia semifinal 800 m 2:00.83
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland heats 800 m 2:02.55
Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 11th 1500 m 4:14.21
European Championships Zurich, Switzerland heats 1500 m 4:14.69
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 4th 3000 m 8:52.14
World Championships Beijing, China 5th 1500 m 4:11.48
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th 1500 m 4:12.88
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 1st 1500 m 4:02.39
1st 3000 m 8:35.67
World Championships London, United Kingdom 4th 1500 m 4:02.97
6th 5000 m 14:52.07
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 2nd 1500 m 4:06:23
3rd 3000 m 8:45:78
European Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 1500 m 4:02:32
2019 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 1st 1500 m 4:05.92
1st 3000 m 8:30.61
World Championships Doha, Qatar 5th 1500 m 3:55.76
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 2nd 1500 m 3:54.50

Circuit wins and titles


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  2. ^ "Athlete Profile - Laura Muir". Power of 10.
  3. ^ "Twell answers Great Britain call". The Herald. 30 November 2011.
  4. ^ Stuart Bathgate (1 December 2017). "Glittering weekend shows Scots sport in good health". The Scotsman. p. 54.
  5. ^ "DAILY RECORD YOUNG ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Our 12 nominees". The Daily Record. 21 December 2017. p. 51.
  6. ^ "World Athletics 2013@ Laura Muir through to semi-finals of 800m". 15 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Laura Muir wins Diamond League 1500m title". 1 September 2016 – via
  9. ^ Ingle, Sean (4 March 2017). "European Indoor Athletics: Laura Muir breaks 1500m record to win gold". Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Laura Muir wins 3,000m to clinch second gold at European Indoor Championships". 5 March 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  11. ^ Idessane, Kheredine. "Laura Muir to miss 2018 Commonwealth Games because of veterinary medicine exams". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  12. ^ "European Championships 2018: Ciara Mageean cruises through to 1500m final". BBC. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  13. ^ "European Indoor Championships: Laura Muir and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke win gold for Great Britain". 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Tokyo Olympics: Britain's Laura Muir wins silver". BBC. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  15. ^ Majendie, Matt (2 March 2014). "Accidental Laura Muir can go the distance". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  16. ^ McLean, Euan (23 January 2014). "Trainee vet Laura Muir aims to show she has pedigree to win 800m at Glasgow International event". Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  17. ^ Fisher, Stewart (11 May 2014). "Marathon: Haining in it for the long run". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 4 August 2014.