Olympic legend Liz McColgan ends acrimonious divorce

Divorce|News|March 12th 2013

Legendary Scottish athlete Liz McColgan has finalised her divorce, according to media reports.

The Olympic silver medallist and her husband Peter have been disputing a number of properties since separating, The Scottish Sun reports. However, the pair reached an agreement this week, Arbroath Sheriff Court heard.

Papers must still be lodged confirming the details of the settlement before the marriage if officially dissolved.

The McColgans’ former family home in Carnoustie, Angus, was put up for sale in January after Liz’s health club went into liquidation. It had reported debts of £800,000.

After the couple separated, McColgan was accused of assaulting her estranged husband but was cleared of all charges in a trial at Arbroath Sheriff Court, during which it was alleged that he had installed spyware on her computer which can be used to track internet use.

The couple were unavailable for comment after the hearing but Liz recently spoke about her decision to divorce:

“It was a very difficult decision to leave the marriage but I knew it wouldn’t be a happy place for the children…Once the divorce is finalised I can start again.”

Liz married Peter McColgan in 1987 and they have five children together.

She gained worldwide fame by winning the 10,000 metres silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.  She also won gold medals at the 1991 Tokyo World Championships and the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in1986 and Auckland in 1990.


Photo of Liz McColgan (right), runner Morag Mclarty and sponsor Terry O’Hare by Scottish Athletics via Flickr under a creative commons license

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