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72-year-old Scottish woman wins gold at Commonwealth Games

Rosemary Lenton

Scotland’s Rosemary Lenton has won a gold medal at the age of 72 with victory in the women’s pairs B6-B8 final alongside Pauline Wilson.

Lenton was making her Commonwealth Games debut two decades on from health complications that left her needing a wheelchair.

The Scotland pair kept their nerve in a tight battle in the gold medal match against Australia’s Cheryl Lindfield and Serena Bonnell, with the match locked at 5-5 after eight ends.

But Scotland kicked up a gear after taking the lead in the ninth end and never looked back, with Australia failing to win any more points as Lenton and Wilson triumphed 17-5.

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Lenton reinvented her life when routine surgery led to an infection and a series of other operations.

Formerly a competitive sailor and cyclist who had gone on charity rides to China and Russia, the Dumfries woman took up bowls in 2005 and has competed in three World Championships, winning a silver medal in one.

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She went on to take up wheelchair curling and has competed in nine World Championships.

Now, at the age of 72, she is a Commonwealth bowls champion.

In the bronze medal match, South Africa duo Victoria van der Merwe and Desiree Levin got the better of England pair Michelle White and Gillian Platt.

South Africa had their noses in front from the start, taking a 3-0 lead after the first end and then pulling clear to open up an 11-2 lead by the seventh end, before eventually running out 16-7 winners.

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