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Murphy defends world bowls singles title

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/12/2016

Karen Murphy has become the first Australian to claim back-to-back singles gold medals at the bowls world championships.

Murphy beat Scotland's Lesley Doig 21-13 in Christchurch on Sunday to mirror her triumph in Adelaide four years ago, when she beat Kiwi Val Smith in the decider.

The 41-year-old snared her fourth medal in total at the quadriennial tournament, having been part of the victorious triples combination in Adelaide and the fours in Christchurch 2008.

Murphy cleared out to a 6-0 lead in the race to 21 but Doig fought back to level the scores.

Greater consistency from Murphy pushed her 12-6 clear and she was never threatened from there, trailing the jack to pick up a four to clinch victory.

It capped a golden day for Australia, who claimed the men's pair crown through the experienced Brett Wilkie and Jackaroo debutant Aaron Wilson.

They were too good for Ireland's Gary Kelly and Ian McClure, winning 18-6 after racing 9-2 clear at the midway point.

It was Australia's first men's pair gold in 36 years.

The Jackaroos have won three of the four gold medals on offer through the first week of the 34-nation tournament.

The women's four won gold on Saturday but the men's triple had to settle for silver behind England.

Women's pairs and triples, and men's singles and fours will be contested in the second week starting on Tuesday.

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