Laura Muir 'gutted' to be missing Commonwealth Games

Laura Muir 'gutted' to be missing Commonwealth Games
By Sportsbeat

14/08/2017 at 15:03Updated

Laura Muir admits she is gutted to be missing next April's Commonwealth Games because of her veterinary medicine exams.

The 24-year-old middle-distance runner revealed her exams are in May, just one month after the Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

And Muir, who finished fourth and sixth in the 1500m and 5,000m at last week's World Athletics Championships, is disappointed to be missing out on her second Commonwealth Games.

"My exams aren't until May so the Commonwealths being in April, it's just not going to work out unfortunately," said the athlete, who came seventh in the 1500m at the Rio Olympic Games last year.

"I go back to university next week. I've got a week off then back to my studies to complete my final year.

"I love running for Scotland whenever I can and the Commonwealths are one of the few opportunities you can do it so, yeah, I'm gutted I'm going to be missing it.

"But I have to think about getting my degree and that was really important to me. I'm sure the team's going to do so, so well. They're going to do great.

"I think I've got at least two, even three more Olympics in me. What events? I don't know. Certainly, so much scope for the future."

But the Scot is hopeful of competing at the World Indoor Championships in March next year.

She said: "These next few months are going to be very full-on with my studies.

"I feel like I'm in reasonable shape. I'd like to run in Birmingham."

Muir produced an outdoor personal best in the 5,000m in London of 14:52.07 minutes as Kenya's Hellen Obiri took the title.

She said: "It was really tough competition out there. I'm delighted with that. I'm really, really pleased with how I ran.

"My fifth race in ten days - it's a lot of running and to still come away with that I think there's a lot of potential for the future."

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