French World No2 Greg Gaultier (mi) claiming the 1st ever gold medal for France in the men’s event of the World Games in the Colombian city of Cali.
Gaultier took on surprise opponent Simon Rosner (le), the 3rd seed who upset England’s No2 seed Peter Barker in the semi-finals to become Germany’s first ever finalist. Gaultier went into the match boasting a 10-0 career head-to-head record over his opponent, ranked 12 in the world.
Rosner took 1st game but as errors crept into the German’s game Gaultier drew level. Gaultier maintained the upper hand thereafter to march through to his 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 win to give the gold medal to France. “I’m so happy to contribute this gold to the total tally of medals to my country,” said Gaultier afterwards.
Popular local hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez (ri) claimed the first World Games medal for Colombia after Barker was forced to concede the men’s bronze medal play-off due to injury.