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England's Peter Nicol named as number one seed in squash


It was announced today that the number one seed in the squash event would be Englandís Peter Nicol.


World number one, Peter Nicol, hoping to win gold

London-based Nicol, who changed his allegiance from Scottish to English last year, is the world number one and will be hoping to reach the same gold success he achieved in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

If, as expected, he reaches the final, 29 year old Nicol will meet Canadian rival Jonathan Power on 31 July.

Meanwhile, Australians David Palmer and Stewart Boswell are seeded to finish in bronze medal positions.

Topping the seeds for the women is four-time world champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald. The Australian number one, who was a silver medallist in Kuala Lumpur, has won 12 WISPA World Tour titles in a remarkable 51-match unbeaten run since last August.

She is seeded to meet former compatriot Carol Owens in the women's final. Owens is now based in Auckland and will be making her international debut for New Zealand.

Former world number one Leilani Joyce is due to make a long-awaited comeback at the Games after rupturing her Achilles last December. The New Zealander is seeded to join England's Cassie Jackman on the bronze medal podium.

The singles seeds are as follows:

1 Peter Nicol (ENG)
2 Jonathon Power (CAN)
3 David Palmer (AUS)
4 Stewart Boswell (AUS)
5 Mark Chaloner (ENG)
6 Ong Beng Hee (MAS)
7 Martin Heath (SCO)
8 Lee Beachill (ENG)
9 Anthony Ricketts (AUS)
10 Chris Walker (ENG)
11 Alex Gough (WAL)
12 Paul Price (AUS)
13 David Evans (WAL)
14 Mansoor Zaman (PAK)
15 Shahid Zaman (PAK)
16 Graham Ryding (CAN)

1 Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS)
2 Carol Owens (NZL)
3 Cassie Jackman (ENG)
4 Leilani Joyce (NZL)
5 Linda Charman-Smith (ENG)
6 Stephanie Brind (ENG)
7 Tania Bailey (ENG)
8 Rachael Grinham (AUS)
9 Natalie Grinham (AUS)
10 Pamela Nimmo (SCO)
11 Nicol David (MAS)
12 Shelley Kitchen (NZL)
13 Madeline Perry (NIR)
14 Senga Macfie (SCO)
15 Sharon Wee (MAS)
16 Wendy Maitland (SCO)

An impressive thirteen of the world's top fifteen men and eight of the
top ten women will be battling it out at the National Squash Centre, Sportcity.

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