Host nation Scotland will be looking to impress in front of their own fans in the DNA indoor international in Glasgow on Saturday 5 February not least because they have been able to name Tokyo Olympic Games 1500m silver medallist Laura Muir in their team.
Muir will be Scotland’s team captain in a venue and on a track she is very familiar with. She won over 1500m and 3000m at the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in the Emirates Arena which utilises a hydraulic banked athletics track installed by European Athletics Partner Mondo.
Although all her major championship medals have come over 1500m and 3000m, Muir also has considerable pedigree over 800m. In 2021, at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, she reduced her personal best with a Scottish record 1:56.73 and she currently stands at number three on the British all-time list.
With Muir contesting the individual race over four laps of the track, Scotland have entrusted the important opening leg of The Hunt, which is also over 800m, to the talented Jenny Selman who made a big breakthrough last year and improved her best to 2:01.64.
Along with Muir, Scotland’s best bet for maximum points in the ten events that precede The Hunt could be in the high jump with Will Grimsey.
Grimsey showed his competitive mettle last summer when he made his British senior international debut in the European Athletics Team Championships Super League and jumped 2.24m for second place, just one centimetre short of the Loughborough University history graduate’s best.
The full Scotland team can be seen here.