Eilish McColgan breaks Paula Radcliffe's 5000m record - Women's Running

Eilish McColgan breaks Paula Radcliffe’s 5000m record

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  July 7, 2021

Scottish athlete Eilish McColgan has broken Paula Radcliffe's British record in the women's 5000m at a Diamond League meet in Oslo

Team GB athlete Eilish McColgan, who represented Great Britain in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, has broken Paula Radcliffe’s 17-year-strong British record in the women’s 5000m at a Diamond League athletics meet.

McColgan crossed the finish line in Oslo in just 14:28.55, beating running legend Radcliffe’s record of 14:29:11. In an incredible race that saw McColgan shave 18 seconds off her personal best time, the new British record was only enough to place fourth amongst a tough group of competitors. Kenyan Hellen Obiri (14:26.38) and Ethiopians Fantu Worku (14:26.80) and Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi (14:28.24) took first, second and third respectively.

It’s been a great week for McColgan, who found out earlier this week that she’d made the British Olympic team for Tokyo 2020 as well as the fact that she was now the fifth fastest woman in European 5000m history.

She took to Twitter to tell followers that she’d found the 5000m distance had left her “frustrated over the last few years”, but that the result had made it all worthwhile.

We can’t wait to see what Tokyo has in store for her! Stay tuned for our Olympic coverage.

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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