Eilish McColgan wins spectacular 10,000m gold at Commonwealth Games

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Eilish McColgan has won the first major title of her career – 10,000m gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Spurred on by a roaring crowd at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, the 31-year-old's sensational sprint finish saw her surpass Irine Cheptai of Kenya to take the title in 30:48.60.

Her victory emulates her mother Liz McColgan's feat in the same event at the Commonwealth Games, both in Edinburgh in 1986 and Auckland in 1990.

She told BBC Sport after that having her mother watching in the stands, alongside her father, Peter, and partner, Michael, made it all the more special.

'This is the most incredible moment of my career,' she said. 'I couldn't hear myself think or breathe, in that last 100m the crowd carried me.

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

After a niggle put paid to her 10,000m hopes at the World Athletics Championships just a few weeks' ago, resulting in a disappointing 10th place finish, her journey to winning her first major gold medal hasn't been an easy road.

In fact, it began right back in 2010, when she represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi for the first time. She also represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and at the Gold Coast in 2018 but has consistently finished in sixth place.

Afterwards, her mother Liz, said: 'For me, as a mother and coach, to see your daughter winning is amazing. She ran the race the way I knew she was capable of. It has been a long time coming and I know all the hard work she does. It is great that it all came together.'

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