Eilish McColgan heading to Olympics for record time after fitness battle

The Dundee running champion becomes the first Scottish athlete to compete at four summer Olympic Games.

Eilish McColgan heading to Paris 2024 Olympics with team GB after fitness battle Team Scotland

Eilish McColgan has been selected to represent Team GB at Paris 2024 for a record time following a fitness battle.

The 33-year-old Commonwealth champion previously said that managing to qualify for Team GB for the upcoming games in Paris would be a “proud achievement” after a knee injury forced her out of running for six months. 

The injury, sustained in training, saw the distance runner miss the World Championships and the London Marathon last year.

However, it was confirmed on Friday that the Dundee running champion will represent team GB in the 10,000m woman’s race in Paris.

The runner, who spend eight-weeks in altitude training to prepare for Paris, will now become the first Scottish athlete to compete at four summer Olympic Games after qualifying for the team.

McColgan previously won gold in the 10,000 metres at the Commonwealth Games in August 2022 – 32 years after her mum was victorious in the same event.

Also representing Scotland in team GB will be Tokyo silver medallist Laura Muir, who will race the Women’s 1500m in Paris after being selected for her third Olympics.

Megan Keith, Nick Percy and Neil Gourley are all selected for the first time and there are places, too, for Josh Kerr, Jemma Reekie, Jake Wightman and Nicole Yeargin.

Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England OBE, said: “Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England OBE, said, “The Games are within touching distance now and I am delighted to welcome a hugely talented and exciting track and field squad to Team GB today.“

“The group boasts a very strong mix of Olympic, World and European medallists. I am confident that their experience will a source of inspiration and support not only to the 35 debutants who have also made the team, but to the wider Team GB too.“

“Athletics fans were treated to some outstanding breakthrough performances at the British Championships in Manchester last week which has given us a glimpse of what we can expect next month in Paris.”

Team Leader, Paula Dunn, added: “Congratulations to all the athletes and their support networks on their selection for Paris 2024. It is a huge moment in their careers, and they have all worked incredibly hard to get into this position.

“I wish all the selected athletes well in their last few weeks of preparation and we will continue to ensure that they can optimise and maximise all the support required leading into Paris.

“It’s a brilliant mix of athletes who have multiple global medals alongside some amazing young talent that has only just broken through this season. We saw a number of athletes step up at this weekend’s Microplus UK Athletics Championships with some exceptional performances across the board to get those standards.

“We know from this we have a high quality team for Paris next month who know how to produce their best when it counts and will be challenging for medals and those Olympic final spots. It’s an exciting time for everyone, and we’re incredibly proud of the team named today.”

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