Who is Eilish McColgan? 10,000m gold medal winner

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Scottish-British track and field athlete Eilish McColgan celebrates her first major gold medal at the Commonwealth Games

In front of 30,000 spectators at Alexander Stadium, McColgan pushed past Kenya’s Irene Cheptai to win the 10,000m gold medal – in the same race in which her mother Liz had won gold for Scotland at the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games.

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Not only did McColgan win her first major gold, she also set a game record for the 10,000m, finishing the race in 30 minutes 48.60 seconds.

McColgan’s win is even more impressive as the Scottish runner endured seven weeks with Covid, other illnesses and minor injuries ahead of last month’s World Championships in which she finished 10th.

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After her win, McColgan said: “My family was here, the crowd in the last 100m, well, it vibrated through my own body.

“I couldn’t have done it without the audience. I wanted it so bad

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“I know the girls were super strong. But I knew if I could stay with them I had a chance of a medal. This is an absolute dream”

So who is the new Scottish superstar Eilish McColgan?

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Who is Eilish McColgan?

Born in Dundee in 1990, McColgan attended the High School of Dundee before studying mathematics and accounting at the University of Dundee.

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Both of her parents, Liz and Peter, are athletes and McColgan is coached by her mother.

McColgan crosses the finish line at 10,000m

Liz McColgan is a former 10,000 world champion and Olympic silver medalist.

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After winning the Scottish Schools, Seniors and Indoor Championships, McColgan was selected for the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games in India but suffered a serious knee injury that kept her out of the game for a year and a half.

She made her senior level debut for Great Britain at the 2011 European Team Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

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After winning a silver medal in the 5000m at the UK Outdoor Championships and a gold medal in the 1500m at the Scottish University Championships in 2011, McColgan qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics Steeplechase.

Four years later, McColgan qualified for the women’s 5000m final.

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Eilish McColgan in 2022

In February 2022, McColgan set a new British record in the 5K road race by achieving a 14.48 in Dubai, breaking Paula Radcliffe’s record set in 2003 and her mother’s unofficial record of 14.57 set in 1991 surpassed.

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McColgan then beat Radcliffe’s 21-year-old British half-marathon record by 12 seconds, completing the distance in one hour, six minutes and 26 seconds.

Paula Radcliffe’s 10k record was then broken in the Great Manchester Run by McColgan, who finished the race in 30 minutes and 19 seconds.

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The 31-year-old Scot finished second behind Hellen Obiri.

After finishing sixth in her other races at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, McColgan eventually won her first major gold in the women’s 10,000 meters and in the meantime set a game record.

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McColgan off the track

In March 2022, the Dundee graduate founded a non-profit organization with his partner and Olympian Michael Rimmer.

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The aim of her organization “Giving Back to Track” is to get young people excited about sport and to promote the next generation of female athletes.

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