Incredible moment runner emulates mum's 36-year feat at Comm Games

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Scotland's Eilish McColgan emulated her mother by winning Commonwealth Games gold in the women's 10,000m in Birmingham. Pic: Getty/BBC
Scotland's Eilish McColgan emulated her mother by winning Commonwealth Games gold in the women's 10,000m in Birmingham. Pic: Getty/BBC

Eilish McColgan is the toast of Scotland after emulating her own mother's feat by claiming gold in the women's 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games.

McColgan's incredible triumph came 36 years after her mother Liz won the first of her two Commonwealth Games gold medals competing in the same event in Edinburgh.

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At 31, the younger McColgan stormed home to claim her first major international title, pulling clear of Kenya’s Irene Chepet Cheptai down the final straight, in one of the most thrilling finishes at the Games so far.

The wall of sound that echoed across the stadium was electric as Liz made her late charge, before edging Cheptai to cross the finish line in first.

Eilish said: “To have my family here, the crowd on that last 200, I cannot explain, it was vibrating through my whole body. I’ve never sprinted like that in my life. Without the crowd, I wouldn’t have finished like that. I wanted it so badly.

“It’s so special. To have it here in the UK, this is my third Commonwealth Games and my fourth event. I’ve done the 1500, the 5k, the steeplechase, I’ve finally found my event. To win it tonight is incredible.

“Your family know the ups and downs and how difficult that journey is. This is my fourth attempt and I’ve come sixth every time. I was ready to win a medal, but you could see in that last 200 I wanted gold. I can’t put it into words, it’s just mad.”

British running commentator Rob Walker described it as “one of the bravest pieces of 10,000m running I have ever seen.”

“It felt like an important moment for British sport, and a great moment for the McColgan family,” he said.

“I don’t think they’ll ever tire of watching that back. The stadium has been ignited by this performance.”

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McColgan's time of 30 minutes 48.60 seconds is a new Games record and is faster than her mother managed in either of her Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning runs.

Liz claimed golds in the 10,000m at the both the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games, with the proud mum sharing a heartwarming embrace with her daughter after the race.

Seen here, Scotland's Eilish McColgan is congratulated by her mother Liz McColgan after winning the gold medal in the  women's 10,000m final at the Commonwealth Games.
Scotland's Eilish McColgan is congratulated by her mother Liz McColgan after winning the gold medal in the women's 10,000m final at the Commonwealth Games. Pic: Getty

“For me as a mother, not even as just a coach, to witness your daughter winning is just amazing and to win it in the same event I won it in,” Liz McColgan said trackside.

“She’s just ran the race I always knew she was capable of winning. It was amazing to watch, it was very nerve-racking to watch. It’s been a long time coming and she put it together tonight and I’m just really, really pleased.”

Scotland had not won a gold medal on the track since 1994 when Yvonne Murray won this event. Liz McColgan had won the previous two.

It was only fitting that she was in the crowd to see her daughter, who she also coaches, claim victory in magnificent fashion.

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