UofG's Laura Muir athlete of the year

Published: 31 October 2016

The University of Glasgow's Laura Muir is "thrilled and delighted" to be named Scottish Athlete of the Year.

Laura Muir is Scotland's athlete of the year, making it back-to-back awards for the British 1500m record holder.

The 23-year-old University of Glasgow student won the Diamond League title and finished seventh in the Olympic final.

She broke the 12-year-old UK record set by Dame Kelly Holmes in July, then broke it again by more than two seconds in August.

Her time of three minutes 55.22 seconds in Paris beat Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon into second place.

Muir, a veterinary medicine student, is just the third British woman to win a Diamond League title. She said she was "thrilled and delighted" to have been given the award.

She topped this year's Scottish short-list ahead of fellow Rio Olympians: Eilidh Doyle, Andy Butchart, Lynsey Sharp, Callum Hawkins, Steph Twell and Eilish McColgan, plus hill runner Andy Douglas.

The awards are organised by Scottish Athletics.

Image of the University of Glasgow athlete Laura Muir with her Athlete of the Year award

First published: 31 October 2016