Tuesday, May 28, 2024

BLOG: Who is the Usain Bolt of squash?


Usain Barker and Nick Matthew at the British Open

Despite the bitterness felt by squash’s absence from the Olympic Games, a host of top players joined in a lighthearted Twitter debate about the 100m race, won so emphatically by Usain Bolt.
With squash players among the best athletes on the planet, I posed the question about who would be squash’s fastest sprinter.
Conditioning would not be a problem. Squash players love court sprints (don’t they?), and several undergo 800m reps to boost stamina and performance.
After much debate, nine players were nominated, so we might need some heats before the final.
The runners are:
Adrian Grant (England)
Peter Barker (England)
Nick Matthew (England)
Migel Rodriguez (Colombia)
Azlan Iskandar (Malaysia)
Saurav Ghosal (India)
LJ Anjema (Netherlands)
Gregory Gaultier (France)
Alan Clyne (Scotland)

Saurav Ghosal Tweeted: “I’m working on it already. Visualising! That performance by Bolt was so inspiring.”
World champion Nick Matthew surveyed the list of potential runners and commented: “I take it Peter Barker to muscle it.”

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