Fascinating games

Cycling, time trials and cricket action today in Birmingham

Da seven starts with the hosts on a high. Wednesday saw a medal rush in England with the judo team weighing in successfully, Emily Campbell adding to her Olympic silver in weightlifting 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 victory in 1986 as she held off a challenge from Kenya’s Irene Cheptai down the straight to claim gold of 10,000m.

After winning her first heptathlon for four years, KJT later revealed that she also struggled with grief over losing her grandmother Mary last week.

“She sadly passed away a few days later. [the World Championships], so it’s been a tough week,” Johnson-Thompson said in tears. “I’m just glad I got out of it. This has been particularly difficult as the last home champions Glasgow Indoors [in 2019] she was there, so it was pretty hard not to see her face in the crowd.

On her career-prolonging win, she added: “It’s amazing, this competition has served me so well and I got my first gold medal here and that kick started my career at I had a tough few years, hopefully this is the start of my next new career!

“It’s been tough, I’ve had times where I didn’t know if I wanted to keep going. To come here and just push through and get the gold, I’ve proven to myself that it’s worth it.”