Coll ‘fittest’

The Timaru Herald - - SPORT -

Kiwi ace Paul Coll has been hailed as the fittest squash player in the world by a lead­ing com­men­ta­tor who claimed it was "a trav­esty" that squash is not part of the 2020 Olympic Games. Daily Mail sports colum­nist Martin Sa­muel – a mul­ti­ple Bri­tish Sports Jour­nal­ist of the Year winner – made the as­ser­tion af­ter watch­ing Coll – ranked 11th in the world – play Egyp­tian world cham­pion Mo­hamed El­shorbagy in a Pre­mier Squash League match in Lon­don this week. Sa­muel said ‘‘the speed of El­shorbagy’s fore­hand was ex­cep­tional. Yet Coll is renowned as the fittest player on the cir­cuit. In the world of squash that is say­ing some­thing. It was an out­stand­ing match-up, run­ning to five games, El­shorbagy tri­umph­ing 11-8 at the last.’’

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