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Like Mother Like Daughter: Eilish McColgan Takes Gold for Scotland in Commonwealth Games

Eilish McColgan has won the gold medal for Scotland in the women’s 10,000 metre race in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 


Eilish, aged 31, completed the race in a Commonwealth Games record time of 20:48.60. 


Her mother, Liz McColgan, famously took gold in the same event in the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games. Eilish says it feels “surreal” to win the race so many years after her mother. 


Kenyan runner-up, Irene Cheptai, provided an incredible opponent for McColgan, who only managed to clearly pass Cheptai in the final bend of the 10,000m. She attributes her burst in energy during the home stretch to the crowd, who heartily roared and cheered, and “dragged me to that finish line.” 


McColgan’s gold is made that much more impressive by her inability to train for almost seven weeks during her Covid-19 recovery, and several other interruptions from various other illnesses and injuries. 


A heart-warming reunion with her mother immediately followed Eilish’s win. Liz proudly expresses that her daughter “ran the race I always knew she was capable of winning.” 


This year’s Commonwealth continues to make history in the Alexander Stadium of Birmingham, England. The 2026 Games are scheduled to take place in Victoria, Australia, who are currently 2022’s highest medal earners, with 66 gold, 57 silver, and 54 bronze, totalling a current 177 medals. They are closely followed by England, who stand at a total of 173 medals. 




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