Commonwealth Games 2022 live: Cycling, time trial and cricket action today in Birmingham

Day seven begins with the hosts on a high. Wednesday saw an England medal rush with the judo team weighing in with success, Emily Campbell adding to her Olympic weightlifting silver with gold in Birmingham and Katarina Johnson-Thompson defending her heptathlon title. 

But perhaps the highlight of the day was seeing Scotland’s Eilish McColgan emulate her mother’s 1986 win as she held off the challenge of Kenya’s Irene Cheptai down the home straight to win 10,000m gold. 

After winning her first heptathlon for four years KJT later revealed she had also been battling the heartache of losing her grandma Mary last week.

“She unfortunately passed away a couple of days after [the World Championships], so it’s been a tough week,” said a teary Johnson-Thompson. “I’m just happy to get through it. It’s been particularly hard because the last home champs at Glasgow Indoors [in 2019] she was here, so it was quite hard not to see her face in the crowd.”

On her career-extending win she added: “It feels amazing, this competition has served me so well and I got my first gold here and that kick started my career back then. I’ve had a tough couple of years, hopefully this is the start of my next new career!

“It has been hard, I have had moments where I didn’t know if I wanted to carry on. To come out here and just get through it and actually get the gold, I have proved to myself that pushing through was worth it.”

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