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Rosemary Lenton aged 72 years wins gold medal at Commonwealth Games

Rosemary Lenton partnered with Pauline Wilson to defeat Australian duo in the women’s pairs event of para lawn bowls at the quadrennial event. Lenton became Scotland’s oldest ever CWG gold medallist.

Rosemary Lenton (r) celebrates with partner Pauline Wilson after the win. Image: Bowls Sctoland/ Twitter

Scotland’s Rosemary Lenton in an amazing achievement at the age of 72 won a gold medal in women’s pairs event of Para Lawn Bowls (B6 – B8 category) on Wednesday in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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Lenton partnered with 58-year-old Pauline Wilson to beat Australian duo of Cheryl Lindfield (63) and Serena Bonnel (40) with a score of 17-5.

Lenton became Scotland’s oldest ever CWG gold medallist with her win in the Para Lawn Bowls.

Australia had started well with a lead of 2-1 after the third end. But the Scottish duo then took the charge and marched ahead of their opponents. After the 14th end, they were declared winners with a score of 17-5.

Lenton from Dumfries is amongst the oldest competitors at the quadrennial event. She was on cloud 9 after winning a gold medal on her maiden appearance.

“Absolutely fantastic. I’m dreaming. We both played excellently,” Lenton said after the win. “We always knew we could do it. In the round-robin, we didn’t always produce it, but when it really mattered we did, and that’s the important thing.”

Lenton had sustained an injury two decades ago that left her in a wheelchair. She then participated in nine editions of the World Championships in Wheelchair Curling.

Lawn Bowls is not played at Olympic Games and hence Lenton believes this is Olympics for them.

“It’s the first time that women’s para-bowls has been included. I thought I would never get to a Commonwealth Games and, if I did, it would be as a spectator. This is effectively our Olympics because we cannot get any higher,” Lenton added.

Interestingly, Cheryl Lindfield is also the oldest Australian at the Birmingham event and won the silver medal in Para Lawn Bowls.

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