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Eilish lands Scottish Record at 5000m

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Eilish McColgan broke the Scottish Women’s 5000m record in fine style in the Diamond League 2017 final.

McColgan, Scottish Record holder in the Women’s 3000m steeplechase took advantage of a fast race in tin Brussels to post 14:48:49 for eighth place, with the field led home by current world champion Hellen Obiri.

Eilish had threatened to break 15 minutes for the distance already this season and came tantalisingly close twice at World Champs, with her PB going into the Diamond League final being the 15:00:38 she set in the heats in London.

Of course, there was added incentive for Eilish as her mother, and coach, Liz ran 14:59:56 at her best for 5000m!

Eilish’s time now ranks her first on the all-time list, overtaking Laura Muir‘s 14:49:12 set indoors earlier this year and above Steph Twell, Yvonne Murray and that run by Liz back in 1995.

It also takes her to four on the UK all-time list behind Paula Radcliffe, Jo Pavey and Zola Budd and comes as the latest in a whole range of PB performances in 2017.

In the 400m Women’s hurdles final, Eilidh Doyle ran a solid 55:04 for fourth in a top-class field.

Tags: Brussels, Diamond League, Eilidh Doyle, Eilish McColgan

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