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Sport Laura Muir leads Great Britain to victory in Great Edinburgh Cross Country relay

18:45  13 january  2018
18:45  13 january  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Laura Muir anchored Great Britain to victory in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country mixed team relay as Leonard Korir and Yasemin Can retained the men's and women's It was the second year in a row that Muir , who led Scotland to victory in 2016, had anchored GB in the mixed 1,000m relay .

Laura Muir anchored Great Britain to victory in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country mixed team relay as Leonard Korir and Yasemin Can retained the men's and women's It was the second year in a row that Muir , who led Scotland to victory in 2016, had anchored GB in the mixed 1,000m relay .

Laura Muir anchored Great Britain to victory in Edinburgh: Muller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena © PA WIRE Muller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena

Double European indoor champion Laura Muir anchored Great Britain to victory in the mixed team relay event in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country.

Muir took the baton in third place behind Europe and Belgium, but wasted no time in hitting the front and powered away to a comfortable win around the 4x1km Holyrood Course.

The British quartet of Tom Marshall, Alexandra Bell, Adam Clarke and Muir finished in 11 minutes 33 seconds, seven seconds ahead of Belgium, with Europe third and Ireland fourth.

Scotland A were fifth ahead of a Scotland B team, with the United States seventh and England in eighth.

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The Great Edinburgh International Cross Country . Venue: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh Date: Saturday 13 January, 2018. Laura Muir will target a fourth straight relay victory at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country next month.

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Muir, 24, told BBC Sport: ""When Adam came round close to the front I thought I've got to work really hard and make sure.

"I got to the front and left a little bit in the tank till the very end and put the foot down in the last 200 (metres) and came away with the win so really pleased."

Muir's final year of veterinary studies mean she is unable to contest the Commonwealth Games in Australia, but she added: "We've been lucky that the vet school's been so supportive and my coach Andy (Young) as well, he's been by my side every step of the way.

"We planned years in advance, we knew I wasn't going to do the Commonwealths quite a while ago. It's just a matter of getting it all done now this year, hopefully winning a medal in the World Indoors, graduating as a vet and then hopefully a medal in the Europeans as well."

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The Great Edinburgh International Cross Country was an annual cross country running competition that took place every January in Edinburgh , Scotland.

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Britain's Emelia Gorecka finished just two seconds behind winner and defending champion Yasemin Can in the women's 6km race, with Phoebe Law sixth and Verity Ockendon in eighth.

Gorecka, 23, said: "I can't not be happy. As the race got going I thought I could be top five or top three and I was second and so close to first.

"It's a world-class field and I'm absolutely over the moon to be second and by such a small margin as well."

American Leonard Korir also made it back-to-back wins in the men's 8km race, finishing three seconds clear of Europe's Kaan Kigen Ozbilen, with Britain's Ben Connor in fifth.

In the team competition, Europe ran out commanding winners ahead of Great Britain and the United States.

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