Eilish McColgan has failed to progress beyond the heats in the women’s 5,000m.
McColgan, whose mother Liz won gold in the 10,000m at the 1991 World Championships, came tenth in her heat, running 15:09.68. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay, while world champion Hellen Obiri came second. McColgan’s GB teammate Amy-Eloise Markovic came ninth.
It’s a disappointing result for the Scottish athlete, who was running alongside the leading back until she appeared to be clipped from behind.
Speaking after the race, McColgan said, 'On the first lap I was shouting at them saying stop clipping me, stop clipping me. Every single lap.
'It’s nuts, it is so far off my best, if someone had told me I’d have done that time, I would have thought I’d lose a leg.'
She will have another chance at medal glory in the 10,000m race.
A tough race for @EilishMccolgan in #Tokyo2020 5000m heats - a good run until she appeared to be clipped from behind and dropped back - finishes in 15:09.68 and 10th place sadly not enough to progress to final. #Olympics #Athletics #TokyoTwelve
Pic: Thanks @AthleticsImages pic.twitter.com/vMkJhOQ2mp
— scottishathletics (@scotathletics) July 30, 2021
In the other heat, Britain’s Jessica Judd also failed to qualify for the final. The Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan, who will also be competing in the 1,500m and 10,000m won that race in a blistering 14:47.89, ahead of Kenyan Agnes Jebet Tirop. They will be joined by Ethiopians Senbere Teferi and Ejgayehu Taye and Kenyan Lilian Kasait Rengeruk.
Back in the second heat, those qualifying alongside Tsegay and Obiri are Italian Nadia Battocletti, who ran a personal best, American Elise Cranny and Norwegian Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal.
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