Commonwealth Games: County’s squash and powerlifting stars in podium spotlight

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England’s James Willstrop and Daryl Selby won bronze in the men’s doubles squash after defeating Scotland’s Harry Leitch and Alan Clyne at Scotstoun on the final day of the Commonwealth Games.

Willstrop and Selby won 11-9 11-7 in a match time of one hour 19 minutes. Willstrop asked the match referee to tell the audience to try and silence their screaming children midway through a tense opener before the Scots edged 7-5 in front.

The English duo moved ahead before there was a short break after Selby accidentally smashed his racquet into Clyne’s face, forcing the Scot to replace his visor, but Willstrop and Selby continued their comeback to take the first game. A closely-fought second was also won by the England pair.

“This was about as special as any of my Commonwealth medals,” said Willstrop. “It is great to do it with a friend and with someone you have worked hard with.”

England’s Commonwealth men’s singles champion Nick Matthew along with Adrian Grant were unable to defend their men’s doubles title after they were beaten by Australia’s Cameron Pilley and David Palmer 10-11 11-11 11-7 11-9 in the final action in Glasgow. England’s Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro meanwhile had to settle for silver after being outclassed 11-6 11-8 by Indian pair Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa in the women’s squash doubles final.

Leeds-based Para-sport powerlifter Ali Jawad, pictured, said his bronze medal felt more like a gold after he broke the world record in his event. Medals are decided on a formula that combines bodyweight and the weight lifted.

“I wanted to break the world record and I’ve done that,” said Jawad, who was born missing his leg. “Nigeria (gold) didn’t break the world record today, I did. I broke it by 4kg so to me this bronze medal feels like a gold.”

James Willstrop, lefvt, in action against Mohamed ElShorbagy in Dubai. Picture courtesy of PSA

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