EM 2022: Eilish McColgan admits emotional hangover after silver in Munich

Eilish McColgan admits the emotional hangover from her memorable Commonwealth Games has dashed her hopes of greater glory at the European Championships in Munich.

The Scottish athlete, 31, was dramatically crowned 10,000m champion in Birmingham earlier this month, following behind Turkish star Yasemin Can with European silver on Monday night.

McColgan, whose mother Liz won two Commonwealth Games titles over the same distance in 1986 and 1990, clocked a time of 30:41.05 and finished third just over eight seconds behind Can and ahead of Lonah Chemtai Salpeter.

The Dundee star put on an admirable display but couldn’t lower the colors of 2016 European champion Can, 25, who ran a brilliant season best of 30:32.57 in Germany.

McColgan crossed the line 5.32 seconds ahead of Salpeter, 33, while elsewhere Britain’s Samantha Harrison and Jessica Judd couldn’t live with the brutal pace of the race, finishing sixth and tenthth in the Munich Olympic Stadium in 1972.

Eilish McColgan from Great Britain and Lonah Chemtai Salpeter from Israel compete in Munich

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The Scot also picked up 5,000m silver at the Commonwealth Games but says her participation in the event could be at stake with this week’s Europeans after a tough summer of action.

She said: “I’m delighted but disappointed. I would have liked to have been European champion tonight, but my legs were definitely tired today.

“The Commonwealths was one of the craziest weeks of my life and I found it hard to pick myself up today. I can’t complain about a silver medal.

“She’s an incredible athlete, one of the best in the world. I did my best but she was too good tonight.

“It’s going to be tough [doing the 5000m], I have two days of rest to redo everything. We’ll think about it tonight but I’m sure I’ll come back, I love racing. To add another medal I am beyond proud.”

McColgan’s story is infectious and her brilliant triumph in Birmingham quickly catapulted her into the hearts of the sporting nation.

Following in the footsteps of her mother Liz – who rose to Commonwealth fame in Edinburgh and Auckland – she climbed to the top of the podium at the noisy Alexander Stadium.

Prior to that moment, McColgan only had two major medals in the form of 5000m silver at the 2018 European Championships and 3000m bronze at the 2017 indoor edition in Belgrade.

Her greatest strength has always been her versatility, but in this summer’s 10,000m she seems to have emerged as a true champion of this grueling discipline.

McColgan’s medal marked Britain’s first in the athletics program at this week’s revamped multisport event on Monday’s opening day of the competition.

Elsewhere, sprinter Laviai Nielsen revealed she has also been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after her sister Lina was openly admitted earlier this month.

The 26-year-old 400-meter sprinter set a season-best time of 51.60 to qualify for the semifinals before ending her personal struggles since last year’s Olympics.

She said: “Lina is my biggest inspiration.

“I saw her when she was diagnosed at 17 and she was going through a really dark phase.

“No 17-year-old should be confronted with that.

“Last year I was diagnosed two days before I went to the Olympics.

“I can’t quite believe we’re role models – it seems odd to say, and crazy to see the tables turned.

“We talked about it – we said if she said it, I have to say something. We decided that we would mention it.

“Fortunately, I didn’t have any severe symptoms.

“It hasn’t hampered my training or performance, so I consider myself very fortunate.”

British 1500m runners Neil Gourley and Jake Heyward secured their place in the final, while Sophie Cook, Molly Caudery, Jacob Fincham-Dukes and Reynold Banigo were among the other British stars making progress in the pole vault and long jump disciplines.

The Munich 2022 Multisport European Championships with athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, table tennis, triathlon, rowing, sport climbing will be held in the German city from August 11 to 21 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games. Watch live daily coverage on BBC One, Two, Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website

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