Eilish McColgan emptied everything she had in the tank to claim a remarkable fourth major medal in the space of 16 days in Munich.
The Scottish star took bronze in the 5000m final of the European Multisport Championship behind Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen and Turkey’s Yasemin Can.
McColgan, 31, had a sparkling summer that saw her win Commonwealth gold and silver in the 10,000m and 5,000m in Birmingham in spectacular fashion.
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She followed that up with a European silver in the 10,000m on Monday night and admits she had nothing left to give in a brutal 5,000m duel three days later.
McColgan, whose mother Liz also won Commonwealth 10,000m glory in 1986 and 1990, said: “I’m so tired I don’t even know how I got to the finish.
“With two laps to go, I was like, ‘Oh my God, my legs won’t go all the way.
“I’m so happy to come and win another medal, I can’t ask for more than that.
“The other two girls were so strong in that midsection. Everyone probably expected me to come out strong, but there were so many races that I lost count, so to win a another medal, I’m at a loss for words.
“There was nothing more I could do, and it’s a good feeling when you cross the line knowing that you gave it your all.
“In the past I’ve always struggled with injuries, but I’ve had a really good run now. The whole year has been a bit up and down, but my parents remind me that training is in the bank. , it’s in you, it’s just getting that out on race day.
“I’m really proud of myself, I came here with just one outdoor medal and now I’ve had four more – it’s crazy.
“I can’t believe it – this will be a year I will remember for a very long time.”
Earlier this summer, McColgan announced that she planned to switch to road racing and run the London Marathon on October 2.
McColgan’s mother memorably won the race in 1996 and, like the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the Dundee star is determined to follow in her footsteps.
She admits the summer has calmed her down, but relishes the prospect of a new challenge in just over a month.
“We’ll see how I recover,” she added.
“It’s been more overwhelming than I thought it would be.
“Definitely the Commonwealth Games, such an emotional high too.
“It was hard to prepare for this, just a lot of caffeine.
“We’ll see how I feel, how I recover.
“It’s a new chapter for me, road racing, I’m just excited to see how it goes.
“It’s less intense on the road than on the track – I’m glad it’s over. I kept saying today ‘one more, just one more’. I did it.”
Scottish middle distance star Neil Gourley fell to an eighth place in the 1500m final.
World 5000m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen raced a thrilling header to clinch gold in 3:32.76 as British star Jake Heyward took a brave silver.
Spaniard Mario Garcia clinched bronze ahead of Britain’s Matt Stonier in fifth as Gourley, 27, from Glasgow, struggled to keep up with the grueling pace of the competition.
Ingebrigtsen, 21, came out of the blocks and while Heyward was able to pretty much live with the Norwegian, Gourley paid the price for a busy season of action.
He crossed the finish line in 3:38.40 to finish nearly six seconds off the lead and four behind teammate Heyward, who rode a massive run to soar to silver.
Gourley, who was eliminated in the semi-finals of the World Championship last month in Oregon before finishing eighth in the Commonwealth Games final in Birmingham, said: “It wasn’t great and far from my best.
“I made the decision to come here and I thought I still had something left in the tank to attack this race today, but that’s clearly not the case.
“I have no excuses in me – it was my choice and I can live with that.
“I wouldn’t have done much differently – what I would have done was get in better shape.
“But it’s a by-product of the fierce competition of the last few months.
“I could do a lot more in terms of execution – I just didn’t have it today and I wasn’t good enough.
“I have to get stronger because people like Jakob want to run away from the gun.
“I want to do this – it means getting stronger, I’m going to spend more time at altitude, do long reps.
“There’s no point in having one of the fastest fences if I can’t use it. It’s clear what I have to do.”
Heyward, who finished fifth for Team Wales at the Commonwealth Games, said: “I had the race of my life at the Commonwealth Games and came away without a medal so I really wanted to be in this. championship and get a medal.
“Physically I was in a better place, mentally I’m pretty tough and it was just a matter of trying to be smart and patient.”
Moments after McColgan’s run ended, British long jumper Jazmin Sawyers rocketed to the medal in the same color in the Munich sandbox.
Sawyers, the 2014 Commonwealth silver medalist, jumped 6.80m to finish behind Serbia’s Ivana Vuleta and Germany’s Malaika Mihambo.
Dina Asher-Smith, Jodie Williams, Zharnel Hughes, Charlie Dobson and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake all reached the 200m final after Daryll Neita pulled out to recover from a cramp suffered while winning his bronze medal in the 100 Mr.
The European Multisport Championships Munich 2022, including athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, table tennis, triathlon, rowing and sport climbing, will take place from 11 to August 21 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games in the German city. . Watch daily live coverage on BBC One, Two, Red Button, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website
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