Joel Makin beaten in dramatic 105 minute Commonwealth Games semi-final

Joel Makin followed-up a battling 99-minute quarter-final win over Scottish No.1 Alan Clyne with an equally superlative performance before being agonisingly denied a place in the Gold Medal match of the Commonwealth Games Men’s Singles by second seed Paul Coll of New Zealand who eventually prevailed 6-11 9-11 11-9 11-2 11-9 in an exhausting 105-minute semi-final.

The opening three games were all 20 minutes or more, but when Coll edged the third he surged through the fourth to set up the decider. Makin took an early 5-2 lead in the final game, but Coll recovered to lead 8-6 and 9-7. A rare error from the Welshman brought up match ball before the video referee gave a controversial ‘no let’ decision which allowed Coll to progress to the final.

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