Jemma Reekie breaks British indoor mile record | Women's Running

Jemma Reekie breaks British indoor mile record

Read Time:   |  February 10, 2020

Jemma Reekie had a stellar weekend at the Millrose Games in New York, breaking two more British records after her success in Glasgow last week

British athlete Jemma Reekie broke the British records for the indoor mile and indoor 1500m at the Millrose Games in New York on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Scotswoman ran the Wanamaker Mile in just 4 minutes 17.88 seconds, breaking the record previously held by training partner Laura Muir by almost a second. She also claimed the British indoor 1500m record with 4:00.56 – all just a week after setting the indoor 8oom record in Glasgow with 1:57.91, the 11th fastest time in world history.

Reekie wasn’t the only athlete who’ll be feeling pleased with her performance over the weekend. Despite the new British indoor mile record, fellow competitors Elle Purrier of the US and Konstanze Klosterhalfen from Germany beat her to first and second place respectively. All three top-placing runners set a new national record for their countries, Purrier crossing the finish line with a time of 4:16.85 and Klosterhalfen with 4:17.26.

According to The Guardian, Reekie had to call her coach to ask whether her time was good, saying she “had no clue of what a good mile time was.” Once she discovered that it was a British record she was thrilled.


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