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Eilish McColgan wins Commonwealth gold with spectacular performance

Scottish Irish McColgan With her coach and mother, she ran the race of her life to win Commonwealth Games gold in the women’s 10,000m Liz McColgan Looking. She followed in her mother’s footsteps 32 years before she posted her record of 30:48.60 at her Commonwealth Games.

Eilish McColgan in the 10,000m at the 2022 World Championships.Photo: Kevin Morris

McColgan took the lead early on and started adding speed to the race after 6,000m. Irene Cheptay The Kenyan riders followed suit, with the two battling hard back and forth over the final 2,000m. Cheptay surged with two laps to go and McColgan held on. With 200 meters to go the two stepped forward and McColgan stepped forward and achieved his glory in front of the (nearby) home crowd.

A sold-out crowd of 32,000 at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium cheered as McColgan sprinted for his first gold medal at an international competition. She ran straight into her mother Liz’s arms and the two, wrapped in Scottish flags, cried tears of joy and triumph.

Cheptai, the 2017 World Cross-Country Champion, won silver in 30:49.52, her compatriots Sheila Kiprotic Bronze medal with 31:09.46.

The gold medal is a story of redemption for McColgan, who contracted COVID-19 just weeks before racing at the 2022 World Championships last month.

The 31-year-old from Dundee, Scotland, has won silver and bronze medals at the European Championships in the 3000m and 5000m. She currently holds the British records for the 5,000m, 5K, 10K and half marathon.

McColgan is now focused on training for the London Marathon this October, aiming to become the first Scottish woman to win it since her mother won it 26 years ago.

Eilish McColgan wins Commonwealth gold with spectacular performance

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