Eilish McColgan defeats Letesenbet Gidey as she runs solo in Hengelo

Eilish McColgan smashes her mother’s 31 year record

The 2018 European 5,000m silver medallist, Eilish McColgan smashed her mums 31 year record at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.

The 31 year-old had set her eyes on the Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing British National Record of 30:01.09 that was set in 2002 in Munich. She slipped off the record pace in the second half but managed to smash the old Scottish record of 30:57.07 that was set by her mother Liz McColgan in 1991 in Hengelo. This time made Liz, the third woman to run under 31 minutes, moving to second on the world all-time list behind Ingrid Kristiansen and narrowly ahead of Olga Bondarenko.

Eilish crossed the finish line in a new Scottish Record of 30:19.09 which makes her the fifth fastest European in history behind Sifan Hassan (29:06.82), Radcliffe (30:01.09), Lornah Kiplagat (30:12.53) and Kristiansen (30:13.74), all of whom won global titles in their careers.

“Still, it’s a personal best and a Scottish record – my mum’s record, which she set here. She’ll be happy for me. She’s my coach,” said Eilish.

Letesenbet Gidey, whose world-leading time of 29:01.03 also came at Hengelo last year, finished second in a time of 30:44.27 with her compatriot Ejgayehu Taye coming home in third in 30:44.68.

 

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