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Commonwealth Games: Scotland’s McColgan Follows In Her Mother’s Footsteps To Win The 10,000m Race

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It’s surreal’: Scotland’s Eilish McColgan upsets Kenya’s Irine Cheptai in the Commonwealth Games 10,000m, matching her Mother Liz Nuttall.

The women’s 10,000m race in Birmingham has produced one of the iconic moments of the Commonwealth Games, with Scotland’s Eilish McColgan upsetting the odds to emulate her mother Liz Nuttall by taking gold in the event.

The pair had an emotional embrace in the stands after the race, which saw McColgan break the Commonwealth Games record.

The Scottish athlete upset the odds to beat out the favourite, Irene Cheptai of Kenya in the 10,000m event. McColgan’s time of 30:48.60 smashed the existing Game’s record– set in 2002 by Selina Kosgei of Kenya– by nearly 40 seconds.

The 10,000m is an event that the McColgan family knows well considering McColgan’s mother, Liz Nuttal (formerly McColgan), previously won the women’s 10,000m world title and the 10,000m crown at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986. Four years later, Nuttal set a Commonwealth Games record in Auckland for the event with a time of 31:41.42.

Eilish McColgan - Liz Nuttall (2)

Now that her own daughter has broken her previous 36-year-old record and become a Commonwealth champion, McColgan’s mother couldn’t be prouder.

“As an athlete myself, you have fond memories of having success and whatever but when it’s your own children, it’s 100 times better,” says Nuttall.

“It’s just one of those really special moments and I was just thankful I was actually in the stadium and able to experience how the home support helped lift her to that gold medal.”

After a 25-lap battle around the track, McColgan and Cheptai were roared on by the Birmingham crowd down the final stretch where both women pushed to the limit before McColgan drew ahead in a final surge to claim the gold.

It was a nail-biting showdown that ended with McColgan being draped in the Scottish flag before finding her mother in the crowd for an emotional and teary-eyed embrace.

“It was like a vibration going through my body. Even the last 200; I can’t even explain that feeling,” says McColgan. “At 150 to go, I thought, ‘I’m going to win this.’ The crowd just pushed and pushed me right to the end.”

“It’s surreal. The whole thing is just surreal. I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.”

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