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Commonwealth Games medal is one Ross squash duo want


By Will Clark

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Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban both admit a Commonwealth Games medal is the one thing which is missing from their illustrious squash careers.

WSF World Doubles Squash Championships 2022 Scotlands Greg Lobban Picture: Jeff Holmes/Team Scotland
WSF World Doubles Squash Championships 2022 Scotlands Greg Lobban Picture: Jeff Holmes/Team Scotland

The former Fortrose Academy pupils are set to represent their country at the Games in Birmingham, which are now under way.

The pair will be with different partners this time after they narrowly missed out on a medal at Gold Coast four years ago when they finished in fourth place.

The duo also won medals at the World Squash Doubles Championship earlier this year in Glasgow.

Lobban from North Kessock, with Rory Stewart from Perth, won a silver medal.

WSF World Doubles Squash Championships 2022 Scotlands Alan Clyne Picture: Jeff Holmes/Team Scotland
WSF World Doubles Squash Championships 2022 Scotlands Alan Clyne Picture: Jeff Holmes/Team Scotland

Clyne from Munlochy, along with Edinburgh athlete Douglas Kempsell won bronze.

Clyne and Lobban were world doubles champions together in 2016, but they each say that they would love to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games, with both men aiming for gold.

Asked if a Commonwealth Games medal is the one thing missing from their careers, Clyne said: “I would say so.

“The World Doubles is a big event and a lot of the people at the Commonwealth Games were all competing.

“To do it in the Commonwealth Games is the real deal, that is where you want to perform and do that.”

Lobban said: “The Commonwealth Games is the biggest event we have on the calendar as a squash athlete, and to come home with a medal would be amazing.

“We are both confident that we can go into this one with our respective partnerships with a chance of coming away with the gold.

“Our target is a gold medal, we have gone into previous games looking to get a gold medal.

“With the results in the world doubles we are going in with, both of our teams have a chance of winning gold and I am certainly looking to win gold in both the men’s and mixed.”

The squash competiton starts today with the men’s and women singles.

The mixed doubles competitions are schedule to begin on Wednesday with the men’s competition beginning on Thursday.

Both men say it is the pinnacle of squash.

Clyne said: “For me personally, there are a lot of nations not involved but it’s something I strive towards. I love competing in it.”

Lobban agreed: “It is a special event and it adds to it that it’s part of a multi-sport event.”


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