David Bolt’s big piece of history

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LAST weekend was one of mixed fortunes for the Bolts – while Usain was getting disqualified in the 100 metres at the World Championships, David was winning the National Bowls Championship at Worthing.

There could hardly be a greater contrast in sport than between the speed of one and the slowness of the other, or between the flamboyance of the Jamaican and the natural reticence of the Sunderland man.

But both share the same fierce will to win and while Usain was contemplating one of the worst moments of his career, David was celebrating the best.

Victory in the Bowls England National Singles Championship at Beach House Park in Worthing puts David Bolt’s name up there in the same bracket as previous winners David Bryant and Tony Allcock and fully justifies the 32-year-old postman’s decision to take up the sport again this year after walking away from it for two years.

Jaded from the experience of years on the circuit and tired of trying to pursue his sporting passion on a shoestring, the Silksworth Bowls Club member took a sabbatical from the sport.

But he has returned with the a vengeance, winning his debut for England’s outdoors bowls team earlier this summer and now topping that by becoming national champion.

See tonight’s Sunderland Echo for full story.