Dundonian Eilish McColgan claimed second place in the women’s 5,000m final at the European athletics championships in Berlin in bizarre fashion.
The 27-year-old was sitting in third in the penultimate lap when Israel’s Lonah Salpeter appeared to stop with a lap left.
Not a bad effort to run a 75 sec final lap when you’ve already “finished” the race. Salpeter sprints for the finish line in the women’s 5000m, only to find that the line is still 400m away…she’d end up fourth with a 75s lap pic.twitter.com/kp76UauC6n
— Ross Tucker (@Scienceofsport) August 12, 2018
Salpeter was challenging eventual winner Sifan Hassan, of the Netherlands, for the lead, but seemed to think the race was over at the bell and slowed down, allowing McColgan to motor past to win silver in 14:53.05.
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) August 12, 2018
Salpeter came home fourth, only to later be disqualified.
Elsewhere, Perthshire’s Laura Muir of Dundee running club Hawkhill Harriers claimed gold in the women’s 1,500m race in the Olympic Stadium.