Eilish McColgan gold medal brings ‘a tear in the eye’, says Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it brought a “tear to my eyes” when Scottish runner Eilish McColgan won the 10,000m Commonwealth Games final.

cColgan won gold at the Birmingham Games in a record time of 30:48:60, tied with her mother Liz McColgan’s gold at the 1986 Edinburgh Games. It’s her first major title.

Ms Sturgeon tweeted: “What an absolutely amazing night for Team Scotland – congratulations to all our previous medalists at these Commonwealth Games.

“Each medal is special, but what a tear in the eye when Eilish McColgan equals her mother’s 1986 gold.”

Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar said: “Incredible! What a story!”

Channel 5 newsreader Dan Walker said his “whole family was screaming in the last 600 metres”.

Wrapped in a saltire, McColgan shared the emotional moment with her mother and partner, who cheered for her from the stands in Birmingham.

Speaking to the BBC afterwards, she said: “It was just an up and down year with Covid at first, then another illness and a couple of little things at the wrong time… but I honestly couldn’t have asked for more tonight, having my family here.”

“I can’t explain the crowding in the last 200 meters. It vibrated through my whole body.

“I’ve never sprinted like this in my entire life. I wouldn’t have finished like this without the crowd. I just wanted it so bad.

To see your daughter win is just amazing and to win it in the same event that I won itLiz McColgan

“It’s just an absolute dream.”

Joining her daughter, Liz McColgan said: “For me as a mother, not even as a coach, to see your daughter win and to win her in the same event that I won her is just incredible.

“She just ran the race I always knew she could win. It was amazing to see, very nerve wracking to watch. It took a long time and she put it together tonight and I’m just really, really pleased.”

Team Scotland won three more gold medals on Wednesday: Duncan Ross won his fifth medal for the men’s 200m medley, Sarah Adlington for the women’s judo from 78kg and Rosemary Lenton and Pauline Wilson for the women’s para turf bowls. Eilish McColgan gold medal brings ‘a tear in the eye’, says Nicola Sturgeon

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