INSPIRE: THE OLYMPIC JOURNEY
- Date: Sunday 6th April
- Time: 6.30pm, BBC TWO
Eilish McColgan says the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will be one of the highlights of her career as she looks to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
McColgan’s mum Liz won gold on home turf in the 10,000m at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.
And the 23-year-old Scot is also hungry for success in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Games, which begin on 23 July.
“The Commonwealth Games being in Scotland means it’s a huge event for me,” McColgan told BBC Sport.
“My mum said the Commonwealths in Edinburgh were her standout memory of all the races throughout the years.
“She said that will be the same for me in Glasgow, regardless of how I perform. The support I will get from a Scottish crowd as a Scottish athlete will be on another level.”
McColgan took part in the Olympics Games in London two years ago, but failed to reach the steeplechase final.
However, after finishing 10th at the World Championships in Moscow last year, she is ready to cope with greater expectation.
“The London Olympics came far too early for me,” said McColgan, who has recently returned from an intense training regime at a world-renowned high-altitude camp in Kenya .
“I’d been competing at Scottish university level and then going from that, where there were 10 people in the crowd, to 80,000 at the Olympic Stadium was a massive shock.
“I wasn’t really ready or prepared for the Olympics and that’s why I didn’t compete to the level I probably should have.
“I feel that my mindset in that way has changed. I don’t just want to make teams any more, I want to perform well, I want to be in finals, I want to be mixing with the best.”