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McColgan followed in her mother Liz’s graced footsteps on Wednesday night with a rousing sprint finish to secure a memorable victory in Birmingham – the first major title of her career



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Medalist Eilish McColgan with Mama Liz

Colin Jackson believes Eilish McColgan’s epic 10,000m Commonwealth triumph will be a “watershed moment” in the veteran Scottish runner’s career.

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McColgan followed in her mother Liz’s graced footsteps on Wednesday night with a rousing sprint finish to secure a memorable victory in Birmingham – the first major title of her career.

Cheered on by a deafening Alexandra Stadium, the 31-year-old overtook Kenya’s Irine Cheptai down the stretch to win gold and emulate her mother, who had won the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games in the 10,000m.

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And former Welsh hurdler Jackson, who is also a two-time Commonwealth champion and Olympic silver medalist, insists McColgan’s dramatic victory can serve as a turning point.

He said, “Steve Cram looked at me after the awards ceremony and said, ‘Are you alright?’ “I had this huge smile on my face because she embodies what it’s about.

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“Yes, she had a chance to come here and win. Yes, she’s running so well, but she rode well yesterday too, and I think that’s really a turning point in her career.

“Now she stands on her own two feet as a successful Scottish sportswoman. She should be really proud of that.

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“It was one of those really beautiful moments. And it’s an English Commonwealth game for sure, but it’s a home game for all the home nations because the support was literally identical.”

McColgan’s only previous major outdoor medal was a 2018 European 5,000m silver medal.

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This season the Scottish star has run personal bests in the 5,000m, 10,000m and a half marathon and has now been crowned Commonwealth Champion.

But Jackson reserved his “biggest smile” of the Games for Olivia Breen, who defied chances to win Wales’ first track and field gold at Birmingham 2022.

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The 26-year-old chased two-time Paralympic champion Sophie Hahn in Tuesday’s 100m T37/38 final, beating her English rival to first place at the finish line with a personal best of 12.83 seconds.

Fellow Welshman Jackson, speaking from the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales, said: “It was superb. “She raced against Sophie in the semifinals and Sophie pulled off that win over her quite comfortably.

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“But you have to remember that Olivia has already raced against Sophie this year and beat her, so it wasn’t a big surprise to us that Sophie was able to beat her over the distance.

“Of course it’s all about what happens during this race. Run your race and focus on delivering what you can deliver.

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“I don’t think Olivia was as surprised as many others at isolating her race.

“She left us with the biggest smile of the Games to date – that’s for sure.”

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