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Scotland’s Eilish McColgan claims bronze in the women’s 5000m at the European Championships

Scotland’s Eilish McColgan claims bronze in the women’s 5000m at the European Championships in Munich as she surprises herself following ‘tired’ performance

  • Eilish McColgan claimed bronze in the women’s 5,000 metres in Munich
  • The Scotland star secured a second medal at the European Championships
  • McColgan has now won a fourth major championship medal this summer 

A tired Eilish McColgan fought hard to claim bronze in the women’s 5,000 metres on a stormy night at the European Championships in Munich.

The evening’s events were delayed by thunder and lightning, but that did not prevent an electric performance from home favourite Konstanze Klosterhalfen, who won her first senior-level gold.

Commonwealth 10,000m champion McColgan, who took silver in that event on Tuesday, held on to win her fourth major championship medal of a gruelling summer.

Eilish McColgan (right) claimed bronze in women’s 5000m at the European Championships

Scotland's McColgan admitted she was 'so tired' following the race in Munich

Scotland’s McColgan admitted she was ‘so tired’ following the race in Munich

Meanwhile, Brit Jake Heyward claimed an impressive silver in the men’s 1500m behind Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway.

Speaking to BBC Sport following the race, McColgan said: ‘I was so tired.

‘I don’t know how I made it to the finish. I am so happy to come and win another medal. 

McColgan held on to take third place in the event

McColgan took gold in the 10000m at the Commonwealth Games in July

McColgan admitted she had suprised herself to take bronze at the European Championships

‘Those two girls were so strong in the middle section. To win another medal, I am lost for words. I could not do any more.

‘I came into this year with only one outdoor medal and now I have collected another four. It is mad. 

‘I cannot believe it – this will be a year I will not forget for a very long time.’

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