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In their heat on Wednesday afternoon, McColgan ran a season's best of 14:56.47 to finish seventh, with Jess Judd in eighth in 14:57.64.
McColgan had finished a disappointing 10th in the 10,000m final on Saturday, later revealing that she had picked up an injury to her hamstring just a few days prior.
After progressing to the 5000m final, McColgan told Scottish Athletics that she wasn't feeling as strong as she'd like to be, but is proud of her performance.
'I'm proud of myself, another global final. Is it how I'd like to be feeling right now? Maybe not,' she revealed. 'I'd like another couple of weeks behind me but I feel like I've just missed so many races, and I feel like this will really will bring me on for Commonwealth Games and hopefully the Europeans as well.
'Today was another step forward, to run a sub-15 for most of it... is a little bit of a step forward, and hopefully I can be brought on again now for this final.'
Elsewhere, Britain's Matthew Hudson-Smith secured a place in the 400m final, placing second in his heat in a time of 44:38.
In the men's 800m heats, Britain's Kyle Langford and Daniel Rowden both progressed to the semi-final, while Max Burgin withdrew before the heats began, due to a calf injury.
The men's 400m final will take place tomorrow (Friday, July 22) at 03:15 BST, with the women's 5000m final set to take take place on Saturday (July, 23) at 02:25 BST.
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