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Eilish McColgan hospitalised with spinal injury following World Championships withdrawal

British distance runner McColgan was forced to pull out of the World Athletics Championships with a knee injury; the 32-year-old then spent five days in hospital due a back injury

Eilish McColgan was forced to withdraw from the World Athletics Championships in Budapest (PA Images)
Image: Eilish McColgan was forced to withdraw from the World Athletics Championships in Budapest

Eilish McColgan has revealed she spent five days in hospital after suffering an issue with her spine shortly after pulling out of the World Championships with a separate injury.

The 32-year-old described her experience as a "week I'd rather forget" after her fortunes dipped further in the aftermath of being forced to concede defeat in her bid to overcome a knee injury and run in Budapest.

Scotland's Commonwealth Games 10,000-metre champion wrote on Instagram: "I thought the silver lining of missing the World Championships was that I could spend the weekend with friends back in the UK, watching my old running pal Matthew marry his beautiful wife.

"Luckily, I managed to see them say 'I do'... but that's literally all I saw as my next five days were spent in hospital!

"I don't know how nurses/doctors do their jobs. They are living saints as the hospitals are in utter chaos.. But to cut a long and pretty distressing story short, I'm finally okay.

"Ended up having a small procedure to seal a fluid leak in my spine and have been gradually feeling better every day since. I just have to be very patient."

McColgan broke Paula Radcliffe's British 10,000m record in March but missed the London Marathon in April.

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She added: "I don't know what the next few weeks will look like, but I'll be taking my time with 2024 in the forefront of my mind!

"Thanks for the lovely messages. I read them all the other day once my eyes were working again!"

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