Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Kiwi squash stars Paul Coll, Joelle King savour sweet taste of redemption

Paul Coll and Joelle King were hot favourites for gold in almost every Commonwealth Games squash event. 

But in a shock loss, defending champion King missed out on any medal in the women's singles competition. 

On Monday (NZ time),  the pair returned to the court together and - in under half an hour - lived up to expectations.

It's not often that a squash court in Birmingham erupts into a haka but a winning combo like King and Coll is pretty unique too. 

"That haka… you can’t even explain to people how it feels," said King. "Especially when it's being done to you.

"It's such a special moment, so we'll never forget that."

The pair had a point to prove in Birmingham, after losing their chance at mixed-doubles gold at Gold Coast 2018 and coming away with bronze.  

And in just 26 minutes and two games, they beat England's pairing 11-3, 11-6 to claim the top of the podium and sweet redemption.

"To be able to come away with two golds this trip - it's been the best event and best experience of my life, and I'm on cloud nine tonight," said Coll.

There was extra motivation for King, after the top seed missed out on a medal altogether in the women's singles competition. 

"I had 24 hours to really turn myself around, and it was a couple of days of these guys mopping up tears and chats with all the people close to me," said King. "But somehow I turned it around. 

And there's more to come for the squash contingent. They're guaranteed another medal on Monday, when the women's doubles play England for gold.

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