Commonwealth Games: Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy claim squash doubles gold

  • 15/04/2018
The doubles gold was Joelle King's second of the Commonwealth Games.
The doubles gold was Joelle King's second of the Commonwealth Games. Photo credit: Getty

An exhausted Joelle King has lifted for her final match to earn a second Commonwealth Games squash gold, this time with doubles partner Amanda Landers- Murphy.

The Kiwi duo downed the Indian Glasgow gold-medal pair of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik 11-9 11-8 inside 21 minutes at Oxenford Studios on the Gold Coast on Sunday, the final day of the Games.

King, 29, earlier won gold in the women's singles and silver when she paired with Paul Coll in the mixed doubles.

Coll won silver in the men's singles, giving the seven-strong New Zealand squash team a total of four medals.

With her singles and doubles combinations, King played 16 games of squash on the Gold Coast and was in action every day.

"I'm absolutely knackered," she said after the women's doubles victory.

"Everyday we'd walk back into the village and all the other athletes would give us grief about still playing.

"We've had a tough schedule and there's no getting away from it. I definitely would not be here without my team picking me up all the time and getting me back on the horse.

"It's funny, today I felt the best out of the whole time. I woke up with a spring in my step. It's been hard to take a moment to actually relax because I have played so many matches.

"Tonight is going to be just about enjoying it with our team and we get to see our families tonight. So it's going to be pretty nice to get out of the village and back to a normal life."

The gold medal was Landers-Murphy's first after she was knocked out earlier of the singles and mixed doubles competitions.

"It's sort of something I never thought would actually happen, it's pretty surreal at the moment," she said.

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