Scottish Rosemary Lenton has become a commonwealth games gold medalist at age 72 with victory in the final for the women’s duo B6-B8 alongside Pauline Wilson.
Lenton, who was previously a competitive sailor and cyclist, was making her Games debut in para-ball, two decades after complications from routine surgery forced her to use a wheelchair.
What started as a close final against Australians Cheryl Lindfield and Serena Bonnell, tied at 5-5 early on, turned into a blast as Lenton and Wilson prevailed 17-5.
“Absolutely fantastic,” Lenton said when asked how the win felt. “I’m dreaming. We both played very well.
“We always knew we could do it. In the round robin we didn’t always produce it, but when it really mattered we did, and that’s the most important thing.
“It’s the first time that women’s paraboules have been included. I thought I would never go to the Commonwealth Games and if I did it would be as a spectator. These are effectively our Olympics because we can’t go any higher.
Rosemary Lenton, 72, wins Commonwealth Games gold with Pauline Wilson
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