|Date: Thursday, 30 November Time: 22:00 GMT TV channel: BBC Scotland
Commonwealth champion Eilish McColgan thinks she will “sneak a bronze medal” at subsequent 12 months’s Paris Olympics.
But the Scot accepts it’s far likelier to be within the 10,000m on the observe, with the Games most likely coming too quickly for her marathon debut following harm.
The 33-year-old feels it’s the 10,000m, wherein she received gold at Birmingham 2022, that she is going to most likely compete in at her fourth Olympics.
“The timeframes will be tight for the marathon,” McColgan informed BBC Scotland.
“I’d have to qualify by April, which would mean the London Marathon would be the last attempt to qualify for Paris. It’s still an option.
“It’s not one thing I’m fully writing off, however I feel, realistically, I have already got the qualifying time for the ten,000m, so it provides me till the tip of June to point out health and type to be chosen for that.”
McColgan, who withdrew from her debut in this year’s London Marathon the week before the event, had been hoping to race over 26 miles in Paris but has yet to compete anywhere over the distance because of the hamstring and knee problems that cut short her 2023 season.
“If time frames are just a little bit too tight for April, I can push issues again to the tip of June and provides myself that further couple of months,” she said. “Paris is in the end the primary aim for me.
“I’m really focused on being there for my fourth Olympics and, if the marathon has to wait until Berlin, Chicago, New York, whatever it is, then I know I’ll run a marathon at some point, but I just won’t be forcing it to be ready before my body’s ready.”
If McColgan does revert again to the space that introduced her Commonwealth glory, she might be attempting to emulate yet one more of her mom Liz’s feats on the observe – bringing residence an Olympic medal.
Coach and mum Liz took silver in Seoul in 1988 and Eilish, having now bettered her mum’s Scottish distance data on the observe, feels the Paris podium is now inside her grasp.
“I think winning it is outside my realm at the moment,” she admitted. “I’d have to have people having a pretty bad day and me having an exceptional one to be right up there.
“But I feel there isn’t any motive why you’ll be able to’t be sneaking a bronze medal on the Olympic Games.
“So, for me, I need that extra little bit of confidence from training and racing. I think I got that last year running 30 minutes flat for the 10k. I knew there was a 29-something within me in the right race. I took a lot of confidence from breaking that British record.”
Paula Radcliffe’s outdated mark had stood for 21 years earlier than McColgan bettered it in California.
Before Radcliffe, the report had belonged for a number of years to Eilish’s mum and this McColgan distance dynasty is well known in a brand new BBC documentary that has introduced again some cherished recollections for each.
“It’s actually really special, even seeing my grandparents as well,” she stated. “My grandad passed away a long time ago, so seeing him on screen was really, really emotional.
“It’s very, very uncommon to have your mum go on precisely the identical journey that you simply’re following 33 years later. It’s simply very particular for my household to have all that footage. I by no means anticipated it to go this manner. I wasn’t a child who grew up dreaming of the Olympics. I simply like to run.”