The Scot’s silver in Munich comes on top of her Commonwealth Games gold in the 10,000m and silver she won in the 5,000m in Birmingham; McColgan makes his marathon distance debut at the London Marathon in October
Last update: 08/16/22 1:45 p.m.
Eilish McColgan followed up her Commonwealth 10,000m title with a European silver medal over the same distance in Munich on Monday night.
Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Saltpeter and Turkey’s Yasemin Can were the only two athletes able to keep up with the high pace set by McColgan during the race.
The Scot did the lion’s share of the front run, before Can made a huge push around the 8km mark and sped away.
McColgan, as she did in Birmingham, showed her extremely hard work in the closing laps and eventually rocked Saltpeter to take a silver medal in 30:41.05.
“I’m happy. I’m obviously disappointed – I would have loved to become European champions tonight. But tired, tired legs – I really felt it,” McColgan told the BBC.
“It was probably one of the craziest weeks of my life at the Commonwealth Games, such a high level of emotions and not much sleep.
So, I found it difficult to get up today, but I can’t complain. I worked a lot this evening and I left with a silver medal”, she concluded.
McColgan arrived in Munich for the European Championships being on the 10,000m and 5,000m start lists and if she hits the track in the 5,000m she could end her summer of competition with four major medals.
“I think it’s going to be tough, two days of recovery trying to do it all again,” she said.
“But this will be my last track race this season. We’ll think about it tonight. I’m sure I’ll be back, I love racing. It’s been a great season so far and to add another medal to that, I am more than proud.”
At the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, McColgan suffered from a hamstring issue and contracted Covid, which kept her from being 100%. However, in Birmingham and Munich, McColgan was sharp and strong.
After the conclusion of the European Championships, McColgan will return his attention to road racing. The 31-year-old is set to make her marathon distance debut at the London Marathon in October and will compete in ‘The Big Half’ a month prior.
In her first major year on the track, Britain’s Samantha Harrison finished sixth in the 10,000m in Munich with a time of 31:46.87. Harrison is still at the start of his elite career and continues to improve. Jessica Judd came home 10th after a difficult race in the hot conditions in Munich.