McColgan evades injury by car

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British steeplechase medal hopeful Eilish McColgan had a lucky escape yesterday morning when she was hit by a car while out on a training run.

The 21-year-old Scot, whose mother Liz won silver at the Seoul Olympics, ended up on the bonnet of the car after she was clipped on the legs while jogging near the Team GB training camp in Portugal. The accident happened just hours before the athletes were due to travel to London.

McColgan was unhurt, however, and will be fit to start the 3,000m steeplechase on Saturday morning – but the angry athlete criticised the driver who almost ended her Olympic dreams.

The Dundee-based runner shared her accident with followers on Twitter this morning, posting a message that read: "Just got hit by a car on my run! Luckily didn't get hurt as she clipped the bottom of my legs and I landed on the bonnet – stupid lady driver!'

A Team GB spokesman insisted McColgan had not been physically affected by the collision and even managed to carry on running – once she'd climbed off the car bonnet and shaken herself down.