Commonwealth Games: Jo Edwards rallies for remarkable bowls gold medal

Kiwi bowler Jo Edwards has come from behind to defend her Commonwealth Games singles title on the Gold Coast.

Trailling through most of her final against Laura Daniels from Wales, she rallied in spectacular fashion over the closing ends to pip her rival, 21-17.

Edwards, 48, won the singles gold medal four years ago at Glasgow and a previous pairs gold at Manchester 2002.

Earlier, against South African Colleen Piketh in the afternoon's semi, she leapt out to an early five-shot advantage, but lost her lead in 20th end and had to pull a miracle out of the bag to progress.

Edwards scored the last six shots of the contest, including three on the 22nd end, to sneak past 21-17 and into the final.

In the gold-medal match, she was 17-13 behind after 19 ends, but scored the last eight shots to snatch victory.

At the velodrome, sprinter Eddie Dawkins added another medal to his team gold and keirin bronze, but was pipped for victory in the kilo time trial.

Riding fifth, the powerful Kiwi set the pace for most of the competition, setting a new Games record of 59.928s. But Aussie Matt Glaetzer - the final rider on the track - blitzed the 1000m distance in 59.340s, nudging Dawkins to second and pushing Zac Williams off a place on the podium.

In the final race of the track cycling programme, teenager Campbell Stewart added a second silver to his scratch-race surprise the previous night.

His late-race surge saw him challenge Scot Mark Stewart over the final lap, but the veteran had too much strength for the Games debutant, who will surely be back for more medals in four years.

Sprinter Natasha Hansen also capped a great week with bronze in the women's keirin, after she had taken silvers in the team and individual sprints.

Meanwhile, shot putter Tom Walsh needed only one throw to show his opposition who's boss at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Seeking a 19-metre automatic qualifying performance, the Timaru builder unleashed 22.45m - a new Games record and his second-best throw ever.

That was more than enough to see him progress to Monday's final 10:25pm NZ time) at Carrara Stadium. 

Walsh, who won the silver medal at Glasgow four years ago, has since captured two world indoor titles and an outdoor title, and threw 22.67m in Auckland last month - the world's ninth best ever.

Defending champion O'Dayne Richards of Jamaica qualified with 19.65m, while Walsh's nearest rival was Nigerian Chukewuebuka Enekwechi with 20.66m. Richards held the previous Games record with 21.61m.

Squash players Joelle King and Paul Coll will also play for gold on Monday, with King defeating eight-time world champion Nicole David from Malaysia in the semi-finals to progress.

The world fourth-ranked player and singles bronze medallist at Glasgow will face England's Sarah-Jane Perry at 10pm (NZ time).

Coll had to recover from two sets adrift of Welshman Joel Makin and ground his opponent down over the distance.

He now takes on Englishman James Willstrop in the gold/silver match.