Eilish McColgan, the daughter of former 10000m champion and coach Eliz, will be forced to miss the rest of the season due to a foot injury she suffered during the women’s 3000m steeplechase race at the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Eilish McColgan sets a UK U23 record of 9:47.03 in Birmingham

The 20-year-old Scot necessarily needed a last-gasp second B qualifier to secure her place on the British team to Daegu and had to put in a brave effort in the late stages as she hit hard the penultimate water jump barrier around 600m out. Despite an injured foot, she gritted her teeth and kept going to draw home still inside her target in what was also a substantial new UK U23, Scottish record and a PB of 9:44.80, improving her recent previous figure of 9:47.03.

She was hoping that the injury could turn out not serious and get back in training soon but now a scan has revealed a fractured ankle that comes to cruelly take away what she won through hard graft on the track. Needless to say that she won’t be able to compete in her first World Championships 20 years on her mother’s golden triumph in Tokyo in 1991.

Eilish is to undergo surgery on Wednesday so best wishes over to her for a speedy recovery.