Aussie gold medallist's epic celebration takes nation by storm

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Pictured here, Australia's Aaron Wilson celebrates after winning back-to-back Commonwealth Games lawn bowls golds.
Aaron Wilson ripped his shirt off in typical fashion after winning back-to-back Commonwealth Games lawn bowls golds. Pic: Ch7/Getty

Australian lawn bowls icon Aaron 'Disco' Wilson has lived up to his 'party boy' reputation with one of the best celebrations seen at the Commonwealth Games.

Wilson rolled his way into the record books after becoming the first lawn bowler in 44 years to win consecutive men's singles gold medals at the Games.

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The 30-year-old - given his nickname due to a love of nightclubs when he was younger - has a reputation for stripping off his shirt and it was no different in his gold medal match against Northern Ireland's Gary Kelly.

Wilson trounced Kelly 21-3 in the final, before marking the remarkable victory with a celebration to boot.

"I wish I had a better rig, but that's life," Wilson said after ripping off his shirt and jumping for joy in a repeat of his celebrations on the Gold Coast four years ago.

“I certainly was pretty happy with my performance.

"That (body) has been well seasoned."

Wilson raced to a 12-0 lead en route to becoming the first man since England's David Bryant 44 years ago to snare consecutive singles golds at the Commonwealth Games.

Bryant won the last of his four successive titles in 1978.

“I’ve got no words for it really, I didn’t really think about it until I was told afterwards,” Wilson said.

“But it is pretty special, 44 years (since a back-to-back) it is pretty amazing.

“He is the greatest of all time, so it is really special when you think about it.

“I’ve heard he was pretty special on his day and it’s pretty cool hey.”

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Wilson delivered Australia's second lawn bowls gold of the day, following the earlier success of Ellen Ryan and Kristina Krstic in the women's pairs.

The victories couldn't have been more contrasting.

In what spectators were calling the greatest match they'd seen, Ryan and Krstic won a thrilling final with a 19-18 extra end win over England's Amy Pharaoh and Sophie Tolchard at Royal Leamington Spa outside Birmingham.

Seen here, Aussies Kristina Krstic and Ellen Ryan celebrate after winning gold in the women's pairs lawn bowls at the Commonwealth Games.
Aussies Kristina Krstic and Ellen Ryan celebrate after winning gold in the women's pairs lawn bowls at the Commonwealth Games. Pic: Getty

It all came down to the final bowl, in the hand of Ryan.

With England holding the advantage in the extra end, Ryan - having earlier scattered the bowls with a drive - again went the direct route to knock out England's bowl and hopes.

"I always knew I could do it and I knew that we could do it, but for it to happen it's a dream come true," Ryan said.

"I had a few tears, I think I'm still in a bit of shock.

"Unbelievable to win a gold with my best friend."

While separated by the breadth of the country, Ryan from western Sydney and Krstic from Perth, the pair are unabashed best friends.

They met a Jackaroos team trial camp in 2016.

As the newbies in the group, the pair formed an immediate bond during walks along the beach, and still speak to each other every day.

Now they'll have a golden memory to talk about whenever they call.

"My stomach was churning but I had every faith she could get that last bowl," Krstic said.

"She'd played two crackers just before so I had every belief in her that she could do it and she did.

"She's done it all tournament, she's played the big ones when she's needed to and backed me up - I couldn't be more proud of us."

Ryan also won the women's singles at the Birmingham Games.

with AAP

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