Olympics beckon for athlete Eilish

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CARNOUSTIE will have its very own representative at the Olympic Games after Eilish McColgan overcame illness and a fall to grab her place in the British athletics team.

Eilish (21), daughter of former world champion distance runner Liz, convincingly won the 3,000m steeplechase at the Aviva 2012 Olympic Trials in Birmingham on Sunday.

This was despite her suffering from a heavy cold on race day, and then stumbling at the first hurdle.

But by winning the race, she booked her spot in the Olympic team for the London Games which kick of next month.

It has been a whirlwind year for Eilish, who didn’t even think competing at the Olympics was going to be a possibility after breaking her ankle last year.

She said: “At Christmas time I was on crutches and I couldn’t walk.

“If someone said I’d be going to the Olympic Games this year I would just have laughed at them.

“It was so unrealistic back then. I was nowhere near even going out for a jog, never mind coming here.

“I’m just so, so happy to come through that injury, come through illness now and win this race. I’ll just have to make sure that my preparations are perfect for the Games.”

Mum Liz was also delighted with her daughter’s performance as she exceeded all expectations.

And even though she had an illustrious athletics career herself, Liz, who is also her coach, says she was far prouder of her daughter’s achievement.

She explained: “It’s far better seeing Eilish do it.

“That gives me much more pride than anything I did in athletics. Nothing compares to it.

“She’s got to go and soak it all up. London’s going to be really special and it’s great she’s going to be a part of it now.”