Murphy gunning for more gold as world titles resume

Karen Murphy in action for Australia
Karen Murphy in action for Australia Hannah Peters

LAWN BOWLS: Karen Murphy will be out for more gold when the 2016 World Championship resumes today in Christchurch.

The soon-to-be 42-year-old, who has now played a record 554 games for Australia, will partner Kelsey Cottrell in the women's pairs.

On a golden weekend for Australia, Murphy wrote her name into the history books by becoming just the third player - and first from her country - to win back-to-back world singles crowns after her win in Adelaide in 2012.

She beat 25-year-old Scot Lesley Doig 21-17 in the gold medal match, holding off her younger opponent after she came back from being 6-0 down early.

Ireland's Margaret Johnson (2000-2004) and New Zealand's Elsie Wilkie (1973-1977) previously won successive singles titles.

Australia collected three gold medals and silver in the first half of competition in total, with Brett Wilkie and Aaron Wilson combining to win the men's pairs, and Cottrell, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca Van Asch, Natasha Scott teaming in the women's fours.

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