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Athlete 'assaulted her husband'

Athlete Liz McColgan appeared in court yesterday charged with attacking her husband at her home.

The 47-year-old, from Panbride, near Carnoustie in Angus, denied repeatedly punching Strabane-born Peter McColgan, a former steeplechaser and athlete, on his head and body on July 12.

In a hearing at Arbroath Sheriff Court, she also denied causing fear and alarm during the incident by throwing clothes down the stairs and out of the window, court officials said.

McColgan is due to stand trial in November this year.

The Scottish former middle-distance and long-distance track and road-running athlete won the gold medal for the 10,000m at the 1991 World Championships. She was also a two-time gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games, as well as winning the New York City Marathon, Tokyo Marathon and London Marathon.

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