- POSTED: 04 Aug 2014 02:14
- UPDATED: 04 Aug 2014 02:20
David Palmer may be Australia's most decorated Commonwealth Games squash player but he had yet to win a gold medal until claiming two in a memorable Sunday (August 3) for the 38-year-old.
GLASGOW: David Palmer may be Australia's most decorated Commonwealth Games squash player but he had yet to win a gold medal until claiming two in a memorable Sunday (August 3) for the 38-year-old.
He came out of retirement in a bid to finally add a winning medal to his collection of six other ones but he now has gold medals from the men's doubles and mixed doubles following an exciting final day at the Games.
First Palmer, together with with partner Rachael Grinham beat England's Alison Waters and Peter Barker 11-8, 11-10 after saving two game points from 10-8 down in the second game and then winning on their first match ball which was also a sudden death game point.
Then Palmer teamed up with Cameron Pilley to deny singles champion Nick Matthew a second gold of the games in the men's doubles. After losing a tight first game on a sudden death game ball, Palmer and Pilley went on to win the next two 11-7, 11-9 in an 80-minute match that produced some sensational squash.
"It certainly doesn't get much better," said Palmer. "I am happy and obviously it's going to take a while to sink in and it is not ideal with two games back to back. I almost ran out of gas. My legs were getting a little twitchy and a little crampy near the end there. Cameron really stepped it up in the middle of that last game and he is such an aggressive player with his power and touch. I was encouraging him to trust his shots and I thought he played some really great shots. He really stepped up when we needed him."
Grinham hailed the sportsmanship of Barker who admitted a double bounce on match ball in the mixed. "I'm impressed that he did it, it was obviously very close, I certainly was questioning it but I couldn't be one hundred percent sure it was a double bounce," she said. "That was really good of him to call. It could have changed everything."
Matthew had not lost a single game in the entire 11 days until the second game of the men's doubles final and will feel disappointed to be on the losing side for once.
"David was feeling it towards the end and I was feeling it in my arm," said Pilley. "It was very sore but when you're on there and you've got the gold medal up for grabs you can't really think about that. It's in the back of your mind but it doesn't affect you at all.
"David came back out straight away after a 15-minute rest for the men's doubles. It's such a big effort from him and I'm happy we can get the gold, for me and for David."
Both bronze play-off matches were also marathon affairs. Pilley played earlier in the day with Kasey Brown to beat New Zealanders Martin Knight and Joelle King in one hour and 18 minutes in the mixed doubles before England's Daryl Selby and James Willstrop took one minute more to beat Scot's Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch in the men's.
Men's doubles gold medal match:
David Palmer and Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant (ENG) 2-1: 10-11, 11-7, 11-9
Bronze medal match:
Daryl Selby and James Willstrop (ENG) bt Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch (SCO) 2-0: 11-9, 11-7
Mixed doubles gold medal match:
David Palmer and Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Peter Barker and Alison Waters (ENG) 2-0: 11-8, 11-10
Bronze medal match:
Cameron Pilley and Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Martin Knight and Joelle King (NZL) 2-1: 8-11, 11-9, 11-8