Scottish middle-distance runner Laura Muir could threaten Zola Budd's British mile record this weekend. Photo: Ed Sykes/Reuters

LONDON – Zola Budd's British mile record that she set in 1985 will come under threat at the Diamond League meeting in London this weekend.

The South African-born Budd competed at the Olympic Games for Great Britain and at the 1992 Games for South Africa. 

Her best for the mile was 4:17.57 in 1985 and still stands as the British record.

But now with the European Championships in Berlin coming up in August. there are a few middle-distance runners in good condition and intent on breaking Budd's mile mark.

Scottish middle-distance runner Laura Muir, who will contest both the 1 500m and 5 000m in Berlin, will also race over one mile in London which will be the last event on Sunday afternoon.

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Two women who know about both distances are Hellen Obiri (Kenya) and Sifan Hassan (Ethiopian-born Dutch middle and long-distance runner.)

They went 1-2 over 5 000m in Rabat last week, as Obiri’s world lead of 14:21.75 was shadowed by Hassan, who was rewarded with a European record of 14:22.34.

Neither can be ruled out, though it will perhaps be the finishing speed of American Jenny Simpson, who came through late to win silver over 1 500m at last year’s World Championships, that poses the bigger threat on Sunday afternoon. 

African News Agency (ANA)


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