Scotland’s Eilish McColgan ran the race of her lifetime to win Commonwealth Video games gold within the ladies’s 10,000m along with her coach and mother Liz McColgan watching on. She ran a Commonwealth Video games report of 30:48.60 to comply with within the footsteps of her mom 32 years in the past.
McColgan took the lead early on and started to inject some pace into the race after 6,000m. Irine Cheptai of Kenya adopted swimsuit, with the 2 athletes battling over the ultimate 2,000m, surging backwards and forwards. Cheptai placed on a surge with two laps to go and McColgan held on. With 200 metres to go, the 2 had been stride for stride, then McColgan pulled forward, attaining glory in entrance of a (close to) residence crowd.
What a last lap between Irine Cheptai of 🇰🇪 and Eilish McColgan 🏴 within the ladies’s 10,000m.
— Marley Dickinson (@marleydickinson) August 3, 2022
The sold-out crowd of 32,000 at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium roared as McColgan sprinted to her first gold medal at a global competitors. She ran straight to her the arms of her mom, Liz, the place the 2 shed tears of pleasure and triumph, whereas wrapped within the Scottish flag.
Cheptai, the 2017 world cross nation champion, received the silver in 30:49.52 and her compatriot Sheila Kiprotich received bronze in 31:09.46.
This gold medal is a narrative of redemption for McColgan, who caught COVID-19 solely weeks earlier than her race on the 2022 World Championships final month.
Holy that 10km was INCREDIBLE! Congrats @EilishMccolgan !!! The roar of the group in that final lap too. Monitor within the uk is particular. Not gonna lie I teared up watching.
— Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (@gstafford13) August 3, 2022
The 31-year-old from Dundee, Scotland has beforehand received silver and bronze on the European Championships over 3,000 and 5,000m. She presently holds the British report over 5,000m, 5K, 10K and the half marathon.
McColgan will now shift her focus to coaching for London Marathon this October, the place she hopes to turn out to be the primary lady from Scotland to win the race since her mom did it 26 years in the past.