Personal best for Eilish at Reiti Meeting in Italy

Concluding her long track and field season at the Rieti International Meeting in Italy, Carnoustie’s Eilish McColgan, Dundee Hawkhill, set a personal best in a field of world-class African athletes.

After appearing in the 3,000 metre steeplechase in Brussels, Eilish ran in the flat 3,000 metres, finishing eighth in 8 minutes 47.68 seconds, bettering her 8.49.31 set indoors in Stockholm in February.

The event was won by Moscow World Champion, 5,000 metre silver medallist, Mercy Cherono, Kenya in 8.35.97 who outsprinted her colleague Sylvia Kibet, 8.37.47 with Birmingham-based Scottish Internationalist, Laura Whittle, finishing 14th in a field of 18 at 9.14.65.

Eilish now heads for New York for the Fifth Avenue One Mile on Sunday, September 22.