A race official at the European Indoor Track and Field Championships attempted to block the newly-minted 1,500m champion from performing a celebratory lap after her victory. After pleading to let her by to no avail, Muir sidestepped the official and successfully managed to run her well-deserved “lap of honour” on the 200m surface in Belgrade, Serbia.
“I had to fight for that didn’t I? I’m not going to lose out on my lap of honour,” she says.
Laura Muir on almost being denied a victory lap: "I had to fight for that didn’t I? I’m not going to lose out on my lap of honour."
— Nick Mashiter (@nickmashiter) March 4, 2017
Following victories at major championships, it’s commonplace for athletes to run a lap of the track to celebrate their accomplishments. Typically, as was the case Saturday with Muir, athletes wave their country’s flag while waving to the crowd.
— British Athletics (@BritAthletics) March 4, 2017
It appears that there was a sprint event, the women’s 400m, that was to proceed the women’s 1,500m, as there were starting blocks on the track, which may have been the reason for delaying Muir. She is from Scotland.
"What do you mean I can't do a victory lap?"
NO ONE CAN STOP LAURA MUIR pic.twitter.com/5nBuViZsk4
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) March 4, 2017
From now on, this move shall always be known as "Doing a Muir".
— SPIKES (@spikesmag) March 4, 2017
Muir, 23, won the women’s 1,500m at the European championships in 4:02.39, a new championship and British indoor record. She finished seventh in the women’s 1,500m at the Rio Olympics and has been on a tear in 2017 setting new European 3,000m, British 5,000m, and British 1,000m indoor records.