day seven starts with the hosts on a high. Wednesday saw an England medal rush with the judo team successfully weighing in, Emily Campbell added silver with gold to her Olympic weightlifting in Birmingham and Katarina Johnson-Thompson defended her title in the heptathlon.
But perhaps the highlight of the day was Scotland’s Eilish McColgan imitating her mother’s win in 1986, holding off Kenya’s Irene Cheptai challenge on the straight to win 10,000 meters of gold.
After winning her first heptathlon in four years, KJT later revealed that she also struggled with the heartbreak of losing her grandmother Mary last week.
“Unfortunately she died a few days later [the World Championships], so it’s been a rough week,” said a tearful Johnson-Thompson. “I’m just happy to get through it. It was particularly difficult because the last home champions in Glasgow Indoors [in 2019] she was here, so it was pretty hard not to see her face in the crowd.”
Speaking of her career extending win, she added: “It feels great, this competition has served me so well and I got my first gold here and that kick started my career. I’ve had some rough years, hopefully this is the start of my next new career!
“It’s been hard, I’ve had moments where I didn’t know if I wanted to continue. To come out here and just get through it and really get the gold, I proved to myself that perseverance was worth it. “