BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in November 2005We've left it here for reference.More information

2 September 2014
Accessibility help
Text only

BBC Homepage

Scotland
Sport Scotland
A Sporting Nation

List All Articles

- By Sport
- By Date
Media Player
FAQ
Future Stars
Radio Series
Submit an Article
Contact Us

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 

Athletics

Liz McColgan and Yvonne Murray

Liz McColgan

© SNSpix

If you were to search for a role model to put before aspirant young athletes, you would do well to find a better example than Liz McColgan.

She rose from a council estate in Dundee and, against all the odds, found widespread international recognition for her success in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Her career accomplishments were achieved not only through natural talent but from sheer grit and determination, the classic embodiment of Scottish sporting triumph.

Born Elizabeth Lynch in Dundee, she showed precocious talent from an early age and, as a junior member of the Hawkhill Harriers Club, won the Dundee Schools Cross Country Championship in 1976. This was the first step on the road towards a glittering career which spanned over 15 years and took her to every corner of the globe.

Lynch first came to the public's attention in 1986 when she took gold in the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Coupled with making a name for herself on the world stage, she also helped prove that not only was Scotland capable of hosting such a games, but the country was producing talented athletes who could compete among the very best.

She married Northern Irish steeplechaser Peter McColgan in 1987 and assumed what was to become one of the most famous surnames in sport.

Liz McColgan

© SCRAN

Undoubtedly McColgan's finest hour came at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. She was listed to compete in the 10,000m event with a field crammed with top quality competitors, including Ingrid Kristiansen who had dominated the 10,000m for the previous two years and was the clear favourite to win again in Seoul.

Surprisingly Kristiansen retired early in the race with a foot injury, leaving McColgan and Olga Bondarenko to fight it out for victory. The Scot led until the final stages, but was outsprinted by Bondarenko, who subsequently broke the Olympic record. McColgan claimed silver for Great Britain.

The Dundonian then took a year off to have her first child, Eilish. This left a gap to be filled and her contemporary Yvonne Murray duly obliged.

Page: 1 2

Comments

Comment on this article or read what others have written.

Read Comments >


Image Gallery

View a selection of photos related to this article.

View the Gallery >


Media Player

Watch/Listen to clips associated with this article.

Launch Media Player >


Related Links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.


More Articles

A complete list of articles is available:

By Date >

By Sport >





About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy