02 Aug 2022, Birmingham: Indian women created history by winning gold in Lawn Bowls at Birmingham 2022 here on Tuesday.
India won their first ever gold medal in Lawn Bowls, as they beat South Africa 17-10 in the final of the Women’s Fours event in Lawn Bowls at Birmingham 2022.
The Indian quartet of Lovely Choubey (lead), Pinki (second), Nayanmoni Saikia (third) and Rupa Rani Tirkey (skip) created history after a thrilling battle against their opponents, with plenty of changes of the lead, before a flurry of points towards the end in India’s favour.
In the match, India were under pressure at one stage, but they managed to hold their own. India were leading at 8-2 at one stage, but South Africa staged a comeback to take a 10-8 lead. But the Indian team once again showed great skill to seal the contest. In the last round, India had taken two points to take home the advantage.
Earlier, in the semi-final against New Zealand, after conceding a 0-5 lead after the second end, the Indian team made a strong back against the Kiwi team of Selina Goddard (lead), Nicole Toomey (second), Tayle Bruce (third) and Val Smith (skip).
After end-9, they were tied 7-7 but after end-10, India had taken a 10-7 lead. It was a close contest between the two sides, as New Zealand was marginally 13-12 ahead after end-14. A brilliant shot from Tirkey helped India seal the game with a 16-13 scoreline.
The team that won India’s first-ever CWG gold Lawn Bowls at Birmingham 2022.
Lovely Choubey is a police constable in Jharkhand.
Pinki is a PE teacher in Delhi.
Rupa Rani Tirkey is a district sports officer in Jharkhand.
Nayanmoni Saikia is a forest officer in Assam.