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Squash Saturday, 22 June, 2002, 13:09 GMT 14:09 UK
Squash stars shine in Kuala Lumpur
Michelle Martin (left)
Michelle Martin (left) on her way to gold in 1998

Although squash has been around for years, the popular sport had to wait until 1998 to make its Commonwealth Games debut.

Australia and England grabbed four out of the five gold medals on offer in Kuala Lumpur, but it was Scotland that provided the real show-stopper with Peter Nicol's win in the men's singles.

Nicol edged Canadian rival Jonathon Power in a thrilling finale (3-9 9-2 9-1 2-9 9-2) to claim Scotland's first gold of the Games.

Australia's Michelle Martin showed her dominance of women's squash with two golds at Kuala Lumpur.

The powerful second seed demolished top-seeded compatriot Sarah Fitz-Gerald, 9-0 9-6 9-5, to win gold in the women's singles.

She then joined Craig Rowland to upstage favourites Simon Parke and Suzanne Horner of England, 15-4 15-7, in the mixed doubles.

But England came back strongly to deny their southern hemisphere adversaries in the other doubles finals.

Fourth seeds Paul Johnson and Mark Chaloner picked up England's first squash gold by thrashing third seeds Rodney Eyles and Byron Davis 15-8 15-4 in the men's doubles.

In the other doubles event, Sue Wright and Cassie Jackman beat Australians Robyn Cooper and Rachael Grinham 15-10 15-12 to take the women's title.

Squash results from Kuala Lumpur 1998

Men's singles: 1. Peter Nicol (SCO), 2. Jonathon Power (CAN), 3. Paul Johnson (ENG) and Alex Gough (WAL)

Women's singles: 1. Michelle Martin (AUS), 2. Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS), 3. Cassie Jackman (ENG) and Sue Wright ENG)

Men's doubles: 1. Paul Johnson/Mark Chaloner (ENG), 2. Rodney Eyles/Byron Davis (AUS), 3. Chris Walker/Mark Cairns (ENG) and Peter Nicol/Stuart Cowie (SCO)

Women's doubles: Sue Wright/Cassie Jackman (ENG), 2. Robyn Cooper/Rachael Grinham (AUS), 3. Sarah Fitz-Gerald/Carol Owens (AUS) and Claire Nitch/Natalie Grainger (RSA)

Mixed doubles: 1. Craig Rowland/Michelle Martin (AUS) 2. Simon Parke/Suzanne Horner (ENG), 3. Glen Wison/Sarah Cook (NZ) and Rodney Durbach/Natalie Grainger (SA)

1998 squash medal table
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Australia 2 3 1 6
England 2 1 4 7
Scotland1 0 1 2
Canada0 1 0 1
South Africa0 0 2 2
Wales0 0 1 1
New Zealand0 0 1 1
TOTAL5 5 10 20

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