Eilish McColgan emulates mother Liz at Commonwealth Games by winning sensational 10,000m gold for Scotland

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Thirty six years after her mum had claimed the first of her two Commonwealth golds on home soil in Edinburgh, McColgan triumphed after a thrilling sprint to the line against Kenya’s Irine Cheptai.

In what was her fourth Commonwealth Games and fourth different event in as many Games, it proved a first global title of any kind for the 31-year-old and she hugged her mother in emotional scenes with a Saltire flag draped over her shoulders.

McColgan’s time of 30:48:60 set a new Games record, easily eclipsing the previous best mark – the 31:27.83 recorded by Kenya’s Salina Kosgei two decades ago.

“It’s just been such an up and down year with Covid, another illness and a couple of other niggles,” McColgan told the BBC afterwards. “I knew the fitness was somewhere in me but I could not have asked for anything more tonight to have my family here.

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“The crowd on the last 200m, it was like vibrating through my body. I have never sprinted like that in my entire life and without the crowd I could never have finished like that. I knew if I could stay with them I could close well and it is an absolute dream.

“This is my third Commonwealth Games and my fourth event, so I finally found an event. To win it tonight is just incredible.

Like mother, like daughter: Eilish McColgan celebrates her Commonwealth Games triumph with mum Liz, champion in 1986 and 1990

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“Your family know the ups and downs and how difficult the journey is. This is my fourth attempt over four events and I have come sixth every time. I was ready to win a medal today but in that last 200m you could see I wanted gold.”

Her proud mum Liz added: “Obviously the crowd was amazing but as a mother to witness your daughter win is amazing and in the same event – she just ran the race I always knew she was capable of running. It was amazing to watch and very nerve-racking, but it’s been a long time coming and she put it together tonight.

“I know how hard she works and it’s fantastic it came together and she won.”

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