RESULTS: World Games, Cali,
Squash Championship - Men's final:
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt  Simon Rosner
(GER) 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4
Bronze medal play-off:
 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt  Peter Barker
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Natalie Grinham (NED)
11-6, 11-9, 11-8
Bronze medal play-off:
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Low Wee Wern (MAS)
11-8, 11-4, 11-4
Nicol David & Gregory Gaultier Win World Games Gold
Five nations came away with Squash
medals in the 9th staging of the World Games in the
Colombian city of Cali, with Malaysia's world number one
Nicol David striking gold for a record third time in a
row in the women's championship and world No2 Gregory
Gaultier claiming the first ever gold medal for France in
the men's event.
The World Games squash action - featuring
40 of the sport's leading men and women athletes, representing
20 member nations - took place at Club Caniasgordas,
which boasts six glass back courts plus an all-glass show court.
The supreme Nicol David reached the
latest milestone in her illustrious squash career when she beat
Dutch rival Natalie Grinham 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 in a repeat
of the 2009 final in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.
The 29-year-old from Penang, who has
topped the world rankings unopposed since August 2006, not only
celebrated her 13th World Games match win in a row since July
2005, when she won her maiden title in Germany, but her 13th
without dropping a game!
But Grinham, a former world No2 who won a
record three Commonwealth Games gold medals for Australia
in 2006, gave David a good run for her money. The first game was
evenly poised up to 4-4 before the favourite raced away to
collect the first with some steady squash. Throughout the match
David was aggressive whilst Grinham mixed it up with some
beautiful lobs and delicate drops - but David was always there
to pick them up, and ultimately prevailed in straight games.
"It's so nice to win a medal at a
multi-sport event," said David - who now boasts 10 world title
wins, with her third World Games crown added to the record seven
World Open trophies she has won between 2005 and 2012.
The second final was certain to provide a
new men's World Games champion - with Gaultier taking on
surprise opponent Simon Rosner, the third seed who upset
England's No2 seed Peter Barker in the semi-finals to
become Germany's first ever finalist. Gaultier went into the
match boasting a 10-0 career head-to-head record over his
opponent, ranked 12 in the world.
The match was keenly contested. The first
game saw some amazing attacking shots, some unbelievable
retrieving by both players and the score line read 10-9 game
ball to Rosner. During the final rally, a ball is called out and
the referee announced 11-9 game to the German.
However Gaultier appealed and Rosner
demonstrated impressive sportsmanship by agreeing to play a let
- a great gesture which Gaultier acknowledged. Nevertheless,
Rosner took the game to open up a surprise first game lead.
Errors crept into the German's game in the
second as Gaultier drew level. Gaultier maintained the upper
hand thereafter to march through to his 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4
win to give the gold medal to France.
"I'm so happy to contribute this gold to
the total tally of medals to my country," said Gaultier
afterwards - alluding to the bronze medal won earlier by
compatriot Camille Serme after upsetting second-seeded
Malaysian Low Wee Wern 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 in the women's
"I'm so happy to win bronze for my
country," said the very excited world No12 from Creteil.
Popular local hero Miguel Angel
Rodriguez claimed the first World Games medal for Colombia
after Barker was forced to concede the men's bronze medal
play-off due to injury.
After treating the packed crowd to an
exhibition match against Peruvian youngster Diego Elias,
Rodriguez addressed the gallery in Spanish saying what an honour
it was for him and his country to win the bronze.
"What a three days we have had," said
Competition Manager Major Maniam. "Such fantastic squash,
so competitive, a really great atmosphere and some real surprise
results. There is something special about being part of
multi-sport events - like we also are in the Asian Games and
Commonwealth Games - the crowds were in awe, the players loved
it, and I did too.
"All the conversation was about the
Olympic vote next month and how squash would be a great addition
if we succeed for 2020. No doubt on that score!"
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