Jemma Reekie broke three records in the past month – she sets new Glasgow 800m recordshe broke training partner Laura Muir’s indoor mile record in New York and broke Muir’s 1500m record in the same race. Reekie won the 1500m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, crossing the line in four minutes 4.07 seconds. The 21-year-old has reason to celebrate and has her sights set on qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but used her win on Saturday to address speculation surrounding her boots.
Talk to BBC Sports, Reekie said her improvement was due to her training and pushing her body to its “absolute limit”, not the shoes on her feet. under the new World Athletics Regulations, released earlier this year, a pair of racing spikes don’t have to be prototypes. There are also strict rules regarding the number of spikes, with the regulations stating that “the sole and heel of shoes can be constructed to allow the use of up to 11 spikes. Any number of spikes up to 11 can be used, but the number of spike positions must not exceed 11″.
Going into the competition on Saturday, all questions about Reekie’s shoes were closed by his team. Her trainer, Andy Young had previously said her shoes would be legal. Bringing up the subject for the first time after her win on Saturday, Reekie said it was a matter she would “leave to the experts”.
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Focusing on his own performance, Reekie said: “It doesn’t happen overnight and it’s a lot of hard work. I’m 21 and a developing athlete and I push myself beyond the absolute limits and I’m just going to let my legs do the talking. I put it all down to Andy’s training and support as well.
“I have a lot of support from British Athletics and Andy, and the two work really well together. Andy puts detail into everything we do and the support for him on and off the track is just learn too.”
Reekie also praised Laura Muir for being a big inspiration to her.
Muir, who won the 1000m in Glasgow, also addressed the footwear debate, telling BBC Sport: “At the end of the day it’s up to World Athletics, they’ve made the rules and regulations about these things, so it’s up to them to decide what happens and what the athletes are. allowed to compete. As an athlete, all you can do is focus on yourself. We train as hard as we can and we go out there, we have fun and we love the sport.”
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