Sport/event: Athletics, 400m hurdles, 4x400m relay
Date and Place of Birth: 20 February 1987, Scotland
Coached by: Brian Doyle
Eilidh Doyle, nee Child, is Scotland’s most decorated athlete of all time having won 19 major championship medals. The vast majority of them came while training at the University of Bath between 2011 and 2019, as she graced the podium on the Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European stages.
Her first medal, silver in the 400m hurdles, came at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. She then joined Malcolm Arnold’s training group at the University and made her Olympic debut at London 2012. A first World Championship medal followed in 2013, 4x400m bronze which was later upgraded to silver.
One of Scotland’s faces of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, she won another 400m hurdles silver in an emotional evening at a packed Hampden Park and followed that up with gold at the European Championships, where she also won 4x400m relay bronze. Further 4x400m medals followed in 2015 as Eilidh helped Britain to bronze at both the World Relay and World Championships.
A memorable 2016 saw Eilidh win 4x400m relay gold at the European Championships before being part of the GB quartet that took bronze at the Rio Olympic Games. She also reached the 400m hurdles final in Brazil.
Eilidh’s status within her sport was demonstrated when she was voted by her peers to be Britain’s team captain at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships. She once again reached the 400m hurdles final before winning silver in the 4x400m relay.
2018 saw Eilidh win her first individual medal on the global stage when she claimed a well-earned 400m bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. The following month saw Eilidh act as flag-bearer for Scotland at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she again won 400m hurdles silver – the third of her career.
A record-equalling fifth appearance for Britain at a European Championships followed at Berlin 2018, where Eilidh won bronze in the women’s 4x400m relay.