Athletics legend charged with ‘battering husband’

British athletics legend Liz McColgan is to stand trial after being charged with punching her estranged husband repeatedly and throwing his clothes out the window.

The 47-year-old, who won silver in the 10,000m at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, denied the charges during a one-minute preliminary hearing at Arbroath Sheriff Court in Scotland.

McColgan has been accused of repeatedly punching and prodding Peter McColgan on the head and body.

McColgan will stand trial on November 1, after she successful appealed the original date set by Sheriff Derek Pyle of November 21, due to charity commitments in New York.

The former world champion only spoke to confirm her name during the initial hearing.

Now a top athletics coach, McColgan married her husband in 1987 and the couple had five children together.

However, they split up last year, although they both still live in the same area of Carnoustie, Angus.

Speaking of the break-up last year McColgan said: “It is an amicable split and we are working things out for our children.”

Neither McColgan or her husband have commented on these current legal proceedings.

As well as winning world gold and Olympic silver, McColgan also won two Commonwealth gold medals and was named BBC sports personality of the year in 1991.


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