Eilidh Child

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Eilidh Child
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Eilidh Child competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Born (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 28)
Perth, Scotland
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Country  Great Britain
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400m Hurdles, 4 × 400m Relay

Eilidh Child (pronounced AY-lee; born 20 February 1987)[1] is a Scottish track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres hurdles. She represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and holds the Scottish record for the 400 metres hurdles with 54.22 sec (2013).[2]

Representing Scotland, she has twice won a Commonwealth Games silver medal in the 400 metres hurdles, in Delhi 2010, and Glasgow 2014, the former being her first senior medal at a major championships. Representing Great Britain, she won a silver medal in the 400 metres at the 2013 European Indoor Championships, breaking the Scottish indoor record with 51.45 sec, before adding a gold medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay.[3] She went on to win bronze medals at the 2013 World Championships and 2014 World Indoor Championships in the 4 x 400 metres relay. Child won her first major title and gold medal in her individual event, the 400 metres hurdles at the 2014 European Championships, before adding another bronze in the 4 x 400 metres relay again.


Child was born in Perth, Scotland. As a youngster, she twice won the U13 Scottish Schools butterfly swimming title. One of her sisters is a writer, the other used to compete at triple jump and her brother is a footballer.

In 2009, Child significantly improved her personal best for the 400m hurdles from 56.84 to 55.32, to finish second at the European U23 Championships in Kaunus, Lithuania, behind fellow British athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton. She also qualified for that years World Championships in Berlin, reaching the semi-finals. In 2010, she further improved to 55.16 at the London Diamond League in August. Then in October, she won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 55.62.

In 2012, Child ran below 55 seconds for the 400 metres hurdles for the first time, with 54.96 on 2 June in Geneva. Two weeks later, she earned Olympic selection, with 55.53 for second behind Shakes-Drayton at the Olympic trials. At the London Olympics, she reached the semi-finals, running 56.02.

Child won two medals at the 2013 European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, with silver in the 400 metres behind teammate Perri Shakes-Drayton, breaking the Scottish indoor record in the process, with 51.45. She then added a gold in the 4x400 m relay. The British quartet of Christine Ohurougu, Shana Cox, Child and Shakes-Drayton also improved the UK indoor record to 3:27.56. Outdoors, she broke the Scottish 400 metres hurdles record with 54.22 in Birmingham in June. Then in August, at the World Championships in Moscow, she ran 54.32 in her semi-final to reach the final. In the final she was fifth in 54.86. Alongside Cox, Margaret Adeoye and Ohurougu, she won a bronze medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay.

Child captained the first ever Scotland team at the Glasgow International match in January 2014.[4][5] As captain of the GB & NI team at the 2014 World Indoor Championships in Sopot,[6] she won a bronze medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay. 2014 also saw Child secure her first 400 metres hurdles British title,[7] and take victory at the first ever IAAF Diamond League meeting in Scotland,[8] the Glasgow Grand Prix.[9] in a European leading time of 54.39. Child also selected to captain the Scottish athletics team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games,[10] won a silver medal in the 400 m hurdles behind Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica. Two weeks later, at the European Championships in Zürich, she won a gold medal in the 400 m hurdles, running 54.48. She became the first British woman to win the European 400 m hurdles title for 20 years, the previous British winner being Sally Gunnell in 1994.

Personal life[edit]

Child has a degree in Physical Education from Edinburgh University and was formerly a full-time PE teacher at Perth Grammar School until she decided to focus further on her training, allowing her to relocate to Bath. In her spare time she likes swimming and is a supporter of Hearts FC where she has a season ticket. Child wears a maroon and white wristband during all her races to symbolise her support for the Jambos.


  • UK Indoor 4 x 400 m relay record – 3:27.56 (2013) (with Christine Ohurougu, Shana Cox and Perri Shakes-Drayton).
  • Scottish 400 m hurdles record – 54.22 (2013)[11]
  • Scottish 4 x 400 m relay record - 3:30.91 (2010)[11] (Gemma Nicol, Kathryn Evans and Lee McConnell)
  • Scottish Indoor 400 m record – 51.45 (2013)[12]
  • Scottish Indoor 4 x 400 m relay record - 3:35.27 (2014)[12] (with Diane Ramsay, Zoey Clark and Gemma Nicol)

1 Child ran in the heats but not the final.
2 54.76 was Child's fastest 400 m hurdles time (not including non-scoring diamond league events) of her Diamond League season.



  1. ^ scottishathletics -> Eilidh Child
  2. ^ "Women 400 m hurdles Scotland all-time". Power of 10. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  4. ^ EILIDH CHILD TO CAPTAIN SCOTLAND TEAM IN GLASGOW British Athletics. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  6. ^ EILIDH CHILD NAMED GB & NI CAPTAIN FOR WORLD INDOORS British Athletics. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  7. ^ DWAIN 'THE TRAIN' MAKES IT EIGHT AT THE SAINSBURY'S BRITISH CHAMPS British Athletics. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  8. ^ EILIDH CHILD RELISHING HOME SUPPORT AT HAMPDEN British Athletics. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  9. ^ CHILD'S PLAY AT HAMPDEN PARK British Athletics. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  10. ^ EILIDH CHILD: NO TIME FOR COMPLACENCY SSE. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  11. ^ a b Scottish National Outdoor Records Scottish Association of Track Staticians. Retrieved 06 September 2014.
  12. ^ a b Scottish National Indoor Records Scottish Association of Track Staticians. Retrieved 06 September 2014.
  13. ^ a b Eilidh Child – Power of 10 The Power of 10. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  14. ^ a b Scottish Outdoor Championships (Track) – Senior Women Scottish Association of Track Staticians. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  15. ^ European Team Championships 2009 – Women 400 m hurdles European Athletics. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  16. ^ Strong GB & NI Performances at Penn Relays British Athletics. 27-04-2018. Retrieved 31-08-2014.
  17. ^ Child Secures Second in Diamond Race British Athletics. 05-09-2014. Retrieved 05-09-2014.
  18. ^ GB & NI FINISH FIFTH IN CHEBOKSARY British Athletics. 21-06-2015. Retrieved 05-07-2015.
  19. ^ a b c Awards Scottish Association of Track Stats.
  20. ^ Child is KUKRI Athlete of the Year Scottish Athletics. 25-11-2014. Retrieved 26-02-2015.
  21. ^ Child and Robertson Scoop Awards Scottishathletics. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  22. ^ Stars and stripes and top award for Mark Dunfermline Press. 27-02-2014. Retrieved 28-08-2014.
  23. ^ PERTH & KINROSS SPORTS AWARDS 2012 Perth & Kinross Sports Council. 04-04-2013. Retrieved 01-09-2014.
  24. ^ UOE Annual Sports Awards UOE Sports Alumni. Retrieved 24-02-2015.
  25. ^ Eilidh Child makes Edinburgh Uni’s hall of fame The Scotsman. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  26. ^ Nine Brits nominated for European Awards British Athletics. 19-09-2014. Retrieved 28-09-2014.
  27. ^ Vote for European Athlete of the Month for July European Athletics. 05-04-2014. Retrieved 28-04-2014.
  28. ^ Athlete of the Year 2014 short-lists Scottish Athletics. 03-11-2014. Retrieved 07-11-2014.
  29. ^ Help salute the stars of 2013 as we launch the seventh annual Sunday Mail and sportscotland Sports Awards Daily Record Scotland. 18-08-2013. Retrieved 31-08-2014.
  30. ^ Congratulations... Eilidh Child Media Events Scotland twitter. Retrieved 12-11-2014.
  31. ^ Jo Pavey and Greg Rutherford are BAWA athletes of the year Athletics Weekly. 21-11-2014. Retrieved 26-02-2014.
  32. ^ Barshim and Adams among winners in AW Athletics Weekly. 06-12-2014. Retrieved 26-02-2014.
  33. ^ Athletics Weekly Awards 2014 Athletics Weekly. 01-10-2014. Retrieved 21-10-2014.
  34. ^ Athletics Weekly Awards 2013 Athletics Weekly. 12-11-2013. Retrieved 21-10-2014.
  35. ^ Stephanie Millward wins personality prize at Bath Sports Awards 2013 Bath Chronicle. 13-11-2013. Retrieved 31-08-2014.
  36. ^ Perthshire’s sports awards nominees named West Lothian Courrier. 23-03-2012. Retrieved 01-09-2014.

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Preceded by
Kseniya Zadorina
Kseniya Vdovina
Yelena Migunova
Olesya Forsheva
European Indoor Champion in 4 x 400 m relay
representing  Great Britain
Christine Ohurougu
Shana Cox
Perri Shakes-Drayton

Succeeded by