Eilish McColgan breaks Paula Radcliffe’s British record in women’s 5000m

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Photo credit: Jan Kruger - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jan Kruger - Getty Images

Eilish McColgan shattered Paula Radcliffe’s 17-year record in the women’s 5000m at a Diamond League meet.

McColgan finished the race in Oslo in 14:28.55, beating Radcliffe’s record of 14:29.11 and taking 18 seconds off her own personal best. That time was only enough for fourth place however, behind race winner Kenyan Hellen Obiri (14:26.38), and Ethiopians Fantu Worku (14:26.80) and Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi (14:28.24), who came second and third.

McColgan was praised on social media by her ‘proud mama’, coach Liz McColgan, who won silver in the women's 10,000m at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

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Other athletes also shared messages of support. Fellow Scot and British 1500m record holder Laura Muir tweeted: ‘New 5000m British Record Holder!! ...Amazing’, while Olympian Michael Rimmer said: ‘Couldn’t be prouder of @EilishMccolgan after tonight’s run! ...Take a bow, your first NR – I predict many more to come!’

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Earlier this month McColgan put in a strong performance at the European 10,000m Cup in Birmingham, beating Israel's Selamawit Teferi with a late charge, achieving an Olympic qualifying time in the process.

McColgan was named in the British Olympic team for Tokyo earlier this week and her Oslo performance will give her a welcome boost ahead of the Games. Her achievement makes her the fifth-fastest female 5000m runner in European history, as well as elevating her to 23rd on the global list.

McColgan wrote on social media this week: ‘Officially selected for my THIRD Olympic Games!! It still sounds a little surreal, but I’m super proud to represent Team GB once more in what will be my third different individual event.’ She reached the 5000m final at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and raced in the 3km steeplechase in the London Games in 2012.

She added: ‘Excited to put my hard work into action. Tokyo 2021. Let’s go!’

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