Commonwealth Games 2022: Eilish McColgan wins 10,000m gold

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  August 4, 2022

Eilish McColgan claims gold in the 2022 Commonwealth Games 10,000m race, while Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins the heptathlon event

Scottish long-distance star Eilish McColgan has won gold in the 10,000m at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

In a tense race that saw 31-year-old McColgan go head-to-head with Kenya’s Irine Cheptai, the Scottish runner dug deep for an astonishing sprint finish that landed her the gold medal.

Roars could be heard throughout the stadium, which McColgan said ‘carried her’ across the line, as she took the win. Her mother, retired long-distance legend Liz McColgan, was in the crowd along with other members of Eilish’s family.

“As a mother to witness your daughter win is amazing,” she told BBC Sport.

“She just ran the race I always knew she was capable of running. It was amazing to watch and very nerve-wracking but it’s been a long time coming and she put it together tonight.”

“This is the most incredible moment of my career,” said Eilish.

Her win comes just a few months after she set a new British and European 10K record and only weeks after the announcement that she’ll be making her London Marathon debut this year.

You can listen to Eilish share her Tokyo Olympics story with Esther on episode 53 of the Women’s Running podcast.

Other running-related highlights from 4 August at the Commonwealth Games included Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s heptathlon win, which followed a tough year of sporting disappointments for her. She clinched the win a personal-best javelin throw, as well as a hard-fought second place in the 800m. KJT dedicated her gold medal to her late grandmother, who passed away just last week.

Want to give 10K a go? We’re not promising Eilish McColgan times, but we’ve definitely got a 10K training plan for you!

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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