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Commonwealth Games bronze for Wigan’s Bowling

Charlie Bowling won a bronze medal for England
Charlie Bowling won a bronze medal for England

Wigan wrestler Charlie Bowling has clinched a bronze medal for England at the Commonwealth Games.

He beat Mauritian Jean Guyliane Bandou in the podium play-off in the 65kg category,

Earlier in the day, Aspull Warriors’ Bowling lost to Wales’ Kane Charig, but with the Welshman going on to make the final that meant Bowling qualified for the bronze medal match.

And he took full advantage of his second chance as he beat Bandou 10-0 to seal the medal.

“It’s been amazing. It’s been a tough road but I’ve got the medal and I’m really happy,” said the 21-year-old.

“I’ll celebrate with my family, my dad’s here supporting and some friends from back home too.

“It’s always hard coming off a loss, but I just had to get my head up and I knew how I could wrestle.

“Everyone’s a good competitor in that weight class. But I’ve had good preparation.

“It’s been a long three years preparing for this, so I was confident in my ability.

“I wasn’t surprised by how strong the Welsh guy was. I’ve wrestled him before and he’s a tough wrestler and we know each other’s styles.”

Another Aspull athlete, England rugby sevens ace Dan Bibby, is also at the Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.

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