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.
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)