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Liz McColgan

Athletics

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Liz McColgan
Athletics

Twice Commonwealth Games gold medallist over 10,000m, Liz first triumphed in 1986 in front of a home crowd in Edinburgh – winning Scotland’s only gold medal in Athletics at those Games. Four years later at Auckland 1990 she successfully defended her 10,000m title, also taking bronze in the 3,000m as team mate Yvonne Murray took silver.

Missing the rest of the 1990, as she was pregnant with daughter Eilish, she made a quick return to the sport, winning bronze at the 1991 World Cross Country Championships and gold over 10,000m at the World Championships later that year.

Liz is also an Olympic medallist with silver at the 1988 Games and, after a move up in distance, was highly successful at the London Marathon – winning in 1996 and placing second in both 1997 and 1998.

She was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1991, was awarded an MBE in 1992 and was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

  • Date of Birth 24/05/1964
  • Birth Place Dundee
  • Commonwealth Games Representation 1986, 1990

Did You Know?

  • Liz's daughter Eilish represented Team Scotland at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games

Career Highlights

1 st
1996 London Marathon
Marathon
1 st
1992 Tokyo Marathon
Marathon
2 nd
1992 World Cross Country Championships
XC
1 st
1991 New York Marathon
Marathon
1 st
1991 World Championship
10000m
3 rd
1991 World Cross Country Championships
XC
1 st
Auckland 1990
10000m - Women
3 rd
Auckland 1990
3000m - Women
2 nd
1989 World Indoor Championships
3000m
2 nd
1988 Olympic Games
10000m
2 nd
1987 World Cross Country Championships
XC
1 st
Edinburgh 1986
10000m - Women