Scotland’s medal chances at next year’s Commonwealth Games have suffered a blow after Laura Muir confirmed that she would miss Gold Coast 2018 to concentrate on her veterinary medicine studies.
Muir finished fourth in the 1500m and sixth in the 5,000m at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships, which finished here yesterday.
“My exams aren’t until May so Commonwealths being in April, it’s just not going to work out unfortunately,” Muir told BBC Scotland following the conclusion of the IAAF World Championships yesterday.
The women’s 1500m and 5,000m are set to be among the most competitive on the programme at Gold Coast 2018.
First and third in the 1500m at London 2017 were Faith Kipyegon and Caster Semenya, who as a Kenyan and South African are both eligible to compete in the Commonwealth Games.
She produced an outdoor personal best in the 5,000m in London of 14:52.07 minutes as Kenya’s Hellen Obiri took the title.
Instead of Gold Coast 2018, Muir may run in the IAAF World Indoor Championships, due to take place in in Birmingham next year between March 2 and 4.
“These next few months are going to be very full on with my studies,” Muir told BBC Scotland.
“I feel like I’m in reasonable shape. I’d like to run in Birmingham.”