Middle-distance runner Eilish McColgan has said she aims to become the first Scottish runner to compete in four Olympic Games.
She will take part in the 5000m for the third time at next year’s Tokyo Games, after which she will switch focus and hopes to compete in the marathon at the Paris Olympics in 2024.
Speaking to BBC Sport about her step up to the marathon, she said, ‘It’s a scary prospect but it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do.
‘I probably would have gone to it a little bit sooner had the Olympics not been delayed. For the following Olympic Games, I’d hope to challenge for a spot on the marathon team.’
McColgan has yet to win a medal at an Olympics, but won silver at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin.
She competed in the steeplechase at London 2012, then reached the 5000m final in Rio in 2016.
McColgan is coached by her mother, former 10,000m world champion and Olympic silver medallist Liz McColgan. In 1996, Liz became the third woman representing Great Britain to win the London Marathon, in 2:27:54.
Last year, McColgan beat her mother’s 10-mile record to retain her title at the Great South Run.
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