Eilish ready for Olympics debut

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AFTER recovering from injury, putting in months of hard work and even being hit by a car Carnoustie’s Eilish McColgan will make her Olympic debut tomorrow (Saturday).

At 11.35 a.m. she is set to run in the women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase heat in the Olympic Stadium as the athletics events get underway at the London games.

For the past week, Eilish has been in Portugal at a holding camp with the rest of the athletics team as they prepared for their events.

But the camp wasn’t without drama for the runner, who was unscathed despite being struck by a car on Wednesday morning while training.

Eilish (right) travelled back to London after being checked out to join the rest of the competitors in the athletes’ village in preparation for her race tomorrow.

And despite not even competing in her race yet, Eilish says it has been one of the best experiences she has had so far.

She wrote on her blog: “The whole experience has been amazing so far - and I am extremely grateful to have been selected as part of this wonderful team - genuinely the nicest group of people I have ever met!

“Loving every minute so far.”

Eilish’s mum is former 10,000 metre world champion Liz McColgan who now coaches her daughter.

Liz, an Olympic silver medallist from the 1988 Games in Seoul has also been in London for the opening ceremony and is now waiting for Eilish to compete.

She tweeted: “Be tough for Eilish but she ready for big PB.”

In the steeplechase, athletes must clear 28 barriers, including seven water jumps over a 3,000 metre distance, or seven and a half laps of the track.

However, there are no hurdles in the first lap.

If Eilish is lucky enough to make it through her heat in a good time, she will compete again in the final on Monday (August 6) at 9.05 p.m.