Laura Muir's team unhappy with Genzebe Dibaba and her link with controversial coach Jama Aden
- Laura Muir and her coach Andy Young have spoken out about Jama Aden
- Genzebe Dibaba won 3,000m and 1500m golds in Birmingham last year
- Dibaba's ties to Aden have long raised eyebrows of others in the sport
Published: 22:30 BST, 5 March 2018 | Updated: 23:18 BST, 5 March 2018
Laura Muir and her coach Andy Young have spoken out about Genzebe Dibaba and her association with controversial trainer Jama Aden, with Young describing it as ‘not particularly healthy for the sport’.
Dibaba won 3,000m and 1500m golds at the World Indoor Championships last week — edging Muir into bronze and silver medals respectively.
Dibaba’s times in the middle distances across the past six years have been staggering, but the Ethiopian’s ties to Aden have long raised eyebrows as it is understood the trainer remains under investigation by Spanish police and the Athletics Integrity Unit.
Laura Muir has spoken out about Genzebe Dibaba and her ties with trainer Jama Aden
In 2016, he was arrested in Catalonia during a raid in which EPO — a performance-enhancing drug — was found in the room of one of his physiotherapists. Aden denies all wrongdoing.
Young said: ‘(Dibaba’s) association with a certain coach is not particularly healthy for the sport.’
Asked about racing Dibaba against such a backdrop, Muir said: ‘It can be difficult but I think I’ve always said no matter who is on the start line, I’ll race against them. The reason I’m in this sport is because I enjoy it and nobody is going to stop me from enjoying it.
Dibaba won 3,000m and 1500m golds at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham
‘It is what it is. All I can do is concentrate on my performances. I know I work my butt off day in and day out, and I deserve the medals and all I can do is influence the training that I do, and what I can do on the track myself.’
Dibaba has never failed a drugs test. Sifan Hassan, the 1500m bronze medallist behind Muir and Dibaba, drew significant attention on social media for her downbeat expression during the podium presentation.
Young believes the Dutchwoman, herself a student of controversial coach Alberto Salazar, was ‘expressing her contempt’ for Dibaba’s association with Aden, who has previously had links to Mo Farah.
Muir has emerged as Britain’s brightest track hope since Farah’s switch to marathon running. Her two medals in Birmingham were her first on the global stage, but she will miss the Commonwealth Games next month because of her final veterinary exams.
Muir also won silver in the women's 1,500m at the Arena in Birmingham last week
Her study routine has seen her juggling training with up to 82 hours per week of university work, which heightens the possibility of a gold-medal breakthrough once the 24-year-old is able to commit full-time to athletics after the summer.
She said: ‘The gap (to gold) is not that big — less than a second. The competition I have got is really tough. I have the fastest ever in the 1500 and 3,000 (Dibaba) so coming second to the fastest ever is not bad.’
Muir, who returned to her work placements on Monday, added: ‘It has been really tough. I haven’t been able to sleep as much.
‘Next year, having that recovery and being able to go away on trips as well, with a little less hassle, I think it will benefit me a lot.’