"He has won a lot of singles tournaments around the world. He got me on two close sets, he beat me by two in each set but both sets came in only in the 2 last bowls so I'm a bit disappointed," said Bester.
The sun was out. The new rugby stadium at Delhi University was gleaming, ready for Games action. And the Canadian side, with high hopes coming in, were ready to compete against the world's best at the Commonwealth Games in Rugby Sevens action. But in a game that only lasts 14 minutes and where a quick start is critical, the Canadians learned that they need to score quickly and often, right out of the gate. Unfortunately, this will be a lesson that they'll have to learn from for the future as two slow starts in three matches knocked them out of the chase for a Commonwealth Games medal.
In their opener against the three-time defending Commonwealth Games champion "All Blacks" from New Zealand, a team that has never lost a Commonwealth Games match since the sport was introduced into the Game's program in 1998, Canada never got off the mark in a lopsided 43-7 loss. Canada allowed their opponents to score early and often, trailing 33-0 at half and although they fought back with a better effort in the second half, they could not close the gap on a very speedy side that showed why they are a tournament favourite.
After her outstanding play in the singles, when she narrowly missed a place in the semi-finals, despite a seeding of only 12th, King was regarded as one of the form players in the New Zealand team.
New Zealand coach Ruth Aitken elected to start with the defensive pairing of Anna Scarlett and Casey Williams, perhaps hoping their height would negate the shooting prowess of rangy Jamaican kingpin Romelda Aiken.
Willis forced to settle for Bronze in 1500m Commonwealth Games Final, Farquhar wins Silver in Javelin
Willis, New Zealand's big-name middle-distance runner, won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was one of the glamour figures of the Delhi track and field meet.Â However, he has just emerged from an injury-hit season and wasn't sharp enough to match Kenyans Silas Kiplagat and James Magut in the final straight today.
The New Zealander ran well tactically, hugging the pole line, but Kiplagat was too strong in the closing stages.Â Kiplagat has been one of the form runners on the world circuit and has the fastest 1500m time of the season.
- Commonwealth Games Cycling event to hit NOIDA Expressway on Wednesday
- India beat England on Penalties, to make first Commonwealth Hockey Final
- England claim double Commonwealth Gold in 4*100 meter finals
- New Zealand beat Australia to strike Gold in Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens
- Scotland wins Gold in Men's Pairs 50m Rifle Prone, India fail to win a medal
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