Laura Muir agrees she has ‘unfinished business’ for Birmingham 2022

Laura Muir admits she has “unfinished business” with the Commonwealth Games after Team Scotland rounded up its 33-man athletics squad to compete in Birmingham 2022.

After the pre-selection of six athletes, including Olympic medalists Muir and Josh Kerr, and five para-athletes, including Paralympic medalist Sammi Kinghorn MBE last month, a further 22 athletes have been added to the roster.

Muir, who won silver in the 1,500m at the Olympics last year, is looking to bag her first Commonwealth medal.

I have seen my own situation around Birmingham described as ‘unfinished business’ and I agree

Laura Muir

“I have described my own situation around Birmingham as ‘unfinished business’ and I have to agree,” said the 29-year-old.

“I was very young in Glasgow 2014, but it still didn’t go as I hoped in that 1500m final in Hampden.

“Four years later, when Gold Coast 2018 started, I was in the very last phase of completing my studies at university and final exams collided with the Commonwealths.

“So that’s been on my mind for a while, and I’d love to win a medal for Team Scotland in Birmingham 2022. Getting on that podium with the Scotland vest is quite a goal.

“My family will be here and there is a large contingent making travel plans. When you get that family support in the stadium, it can mean so much.

“It’s not Glasgow and it’s not Scotland, but it’s really as close as you can get, so I’m really looking forward to getting that support at Alexander Stadium.”

Laura Muir won the 1500m final at the Muller UK Athletics Championships in Manchester last weekend.

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Scotland’s team consists of 11 athletes who will represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the World Championships in Eugene later this month.

Joining the team are Guy Learmonth (800m), Zoey Clark (400m and 4x400m relay), David Smith (high jump) and hammer throwers Chris Bennett and Mark Dry, all of whom will compete in their third Games alongside pre-selected Jake. Wightman (800m and 1500m) and Eilish McColgan (5,000 and 10,000m).

There is a strong sprint presence, with places for Alisha Rees and Adam Thomas in the 100m, Beth Dobbin in the 200m and Heather Paton in the 100m hurdles.

Team Scotland will also field both 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams for women, with Carys McAulay and Jill Cherry from Loughborough, dedicated to the 4x400m alongside Zoey Clark, Nicole Yeargin and Beth Dobbin. Heather Paton, Rebecca Matheson, Sarah Malone and Taylah Spence together with Alisha Rees form a strong 4x100m team.

Steph Davis, who finished the first half of the women’s marathon in Tokyo last year and was selected for Birmingham earlier this year, has had to withdraw from the Games due to a foot injury.

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