Skip Sian sees off Aussies

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Can­ter­bury-born bowler Sian Hon­nor se­cured a su­perb gold medal in the women’s triples at Glas­gow 2014 last Thurs­day. The for­mer Si­mon Lang­ton Gram­mar School for Girls pupil – who be­gan bowl­ing at Whit­stable’s Oys­ter IBC and went on to rep­re­sent Swale BC – skipped Eng­land to vic­tory over Aus­tralia in a one-sided fi­nal at Kelv­in­grove. Eng­land de­mol­ished their ri­vals 22-4 with Hon­nor – her mar­ried name, hav­ing pre­vi­ously com­peted as Sian Gor­don – adding a gold medal to the bronze she won in Delhi four years ago. The 26-year-old said: “I felt like I didn’t have much to do. My part­ners played so well and on the odd oc­ca­sion we were one down, it was easy to go af­ter. “We couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter game. It was amaz­ing. Even though we’re drenched, we couldn’t be hap­pier.” Af­ter top­ping their group with two wins and a soli­tary de­feat, Eng­land beat Malaysia in the quar­ter­fi­nals last Wed­nes­day be­fore beat­ing Wales in Thurs­day af­ter­noon’s semi-fi­nal to set up the Aus­tralia clash. Bronze went to the South African team which had ended Hon­nor’s quest for a medal in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the fours com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier in the Games. Sian added: “It means every­thing to win gold. If you would have said to me that this would hap­pen af­ter last week and the fours I wouldn’t have thought so. “You don’t want to think too much about win­ning gold be­cause you don’t want to think too far ahead but we have done it. “Aus­tralia are prob­a­bly one of the strong­est op­po­si­tion we could face. “We just went out there and took our form through and used the mo­men­tum to get us there.”

Pic­ture: Ian MacNi­col & Cameron Spencer/Getty Im­ages

Adam Gemili gets his fo­cus ahead of the race and, left, shows

off his re­lay sil­ver

Pic­ture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Im­ages

Sian Hon­nor with

her gold medal

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