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Athlete Liz McColgan faces husband assault trial

Liz McColgan
Image caption Liz McColgan is alleged to have attacked her husband at their home

Scottish track legend Liz McColgan is to stand trial charged with attacking her estranged husband and hurling his clothes out of a window of their home.

Ms McColgan, 47, is accused of repeatedly punching and prodding her husband Peter, 48, at their house in Carnoustie, Angus.

The incident is alleged to have taken place eight months after the pair had announced an "amicable split".

The former Olympic and Commonwealth medal winner denies the assault.

Arbroath Sheriff Court heard Ms McColgan caused "fear and alarm" by repeatedly throwing her estranged husband's clothes out of the window.

The athlete - making her second appearance in the dock in connection with the charges - spoke only to confirm her name.

The pair, who had been married for 22 years before splitting late last year, still live at Panbridge House Lodge with their five children, which is also used to run their health centre.

Ms McColgan is accused of assaulting her former international steeplechaser husband at the lodge on 12 July 2011.

Defending, solicitor Ross Donnelly said his client continued to deny the charges.

He said: "She maintains her plea of not guilty. I have received disclosure from the Crown, which I have yet to discuss with Miss McColgan.

"At this stage, there is nothing to delay the trial, and there is nothing that can be agreed."

Medal winner

Jill Drummond, the depute fiscal, said the Crown was also ready for trial.

Sheriff Derek Pyle said he would continue the case for trial on 21 November.

Ms McColgan - previously Liz Lynch - shot to fame in the late 1980s, taking home Commonwealth Gold at the 1986 games in Edinburgh and Olympic silver at the 1988 Seoul games, both in the 10,000 metres.

She went on to win gold in the same event at the 1991 World Championships.

Ms McColgan then repeated her Commonwealth success in the 1990 Auckland games - landing another gold.

The runner, who was brought up in Dundee, married Mr McColgan in 1987.

He had represented Northern Ireland at the 1986 Commonwealth Games at both 5,000 metres and the 3,000 metres steeplechase - at which distance he holds the Northern Ireland record.

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