Wales and the USA emerged as the saluting nations at the 2023 Planet Champion of Champions as Daniel Salmon and Anne Nunes claimed gold medals in the coveted singles occasion. Salmon faced off against Izzat Dzulkeple in the semifinals and emerged victorious with a five-four five-two win. In the other semifinal, Scotland’s Darren Gualtieri defeated England’s Ed Morris with a score of two-four six-three four-three. The gold medal match amongst Salmon and Gualtieri saw Salmon dominate in the opening set, and eventually safe the win with a score of eight- three-two. Salmon became the initial Welsh male to realize this feat and only the second bowler from his nation immediately after Laura Daniels in 2017.
Nunes, immediately after becoming ousted in the semifinals final year, was determined to not repeat history in her opening match against Singapore’s Philomena Goh Quee Kee. She displayed ruthless talent and emerged victorious with a score of five-three 7-four. This marked the initial time a bowler from the USA reached a final at the occasion. In the other semifinal, Guernsey’s Lucy Beere defeated Malaysia’s Nurul Alyani Jamil with a score of three-7 four-two six-four. The gold medal match amongst Nunes and Beere saw Nunes clinch the opening set, but Beere fought back in the second. Nonetheless, Nunes eventually proved as well robust and secured a five-two three-four six-three victory, bringing household a gold medal for the USA.
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