Laura Muir says she’s ready to give it her all to become the best in the world ahead of next year’s Olympic Games and says she has nothing to lose in her pursuit of gold in Paris.
The 1500m runner won silver in Toyko two years ago and showed her current form is second to none as she struck gold at the European Indoor Championships four days ago, making her the first British athlete to win five times at the event.
The 29-year-old said she never tires of success and was delighted to have recorded another landmark win.
“It was great,” Muir told STV. “I went there to win the gold and that’s what I came home with.
“I’m very, very happy and I created a bit of history at the same time.
“You want to tick all these boxes in your career and I’m at that stage where I’ve ticked quite a lot of them but I’m still motivated to do well in the sport and pick up more medals.
“I think once you get that ball rolling, you want to keep it going. So I’m happy to add another medal to the collection.”
This latest triumph comes after a successful Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where she was also crowned 1500m champion, establishing herself as one of the best track athletes on the planet. That’s drawn a lot of attention from the public but also made her a role model for her fellow competitors.
Muri said: “At the championships just there it was really quite special, a lot of the girls came up to me and said they really looked up to me and I was like ‘wow’.
“There was quite a number of them as well and it was very special to be seen by your peers as your person. I’m very proud.”
Paris 2024 is drawing ever closer and Muir has her eye on a gold medal and recognition as the best in world. She says she’ll give everything she has to be top of the podium next year.
“I’ve got nothing to lose,” she said. “I’ve got an Olympic medal – I’ve at least got a silver.
“So I might as well just go for that gold. I have nothing to lose. I’ve got the silver already, I’ve got the British record from when I won that medal.
“I feel there’s no pressure on my shoulders so I’m going to go there and give it all I have got.”
Muir and her team will now head out to South Africa for a warm weather training camp, as she steps up her preparations for the year ahead,