Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Wightman & McColgan receive Olympic calls

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Eilish McColgan and Jake Wightman have been confirmed as two of nine Scots in Team GB’s athletics squad for the Paris Olympics.

Wightman, 29, has been given a discretionary pick for the 800m after sitting out the British trials due to a calf injury.

The 2022 world champion over 1500m missed out in his favoured event, with fellow Scots – current world champion Josh Kerr and new British champion Neil Gourlay – taking two of three available places.

McColgan has been chosen to run the 10,000m selection despite a season troubled by injury.

The 33-year-old, who is the British record holder, won 10,000m gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and followed that with European silver.

It will be a third Olympics for McColgan, who will be joined over the same distance by compatriot Megan Keith.

Meanwhile, Nicole Yeargin has been selected for the 4x400m relay squad after missing out on qualification for the individual event at the UK Championships.

Laura Muir (1500m), Jemma Reekie (800m) and Nick Percy (discus) made sure of their places at the GB trials.

Muir was second at the Tokyo Games in 2021, but downplayed her chances of going one better.

“That would be incredibly tough,” the 31-year-old told BBC Sport.

“We have the world record holder (Faith Kipyegon) competing and the event is the best we’ve ever had.

“The 1500 is so unpredictable, you never know what’s going to happen, so I’m just going to run as best I can and we’ll see where that gets me.”

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