The 2016 European Individual Squash Championships concluded in contrasting styles in the Czech Republic capital city Prague when France’s Camille Serme won the women’s title and Spaniard Borja Golan clinched the men’s gold medal at the Hector Sports Centre.
Competing in her sixth successive final, top seed Serme claimed her fifth straight title after recovering from a game down to beat Nele Gilis 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 in 43 minutes. The match marked the maiden final for Gilis, the 20-year-old 3/4 seed from Belgium who beat her younger sister Tinne in the semi-finals.
Golan, a 3/4 seed from Santiago de Compostela, was making his ninth appearance in the championship – and appearing in his fourth final, and his third against French star Gregory Gaultier, the reigning world champion bidding for a record tenth title!
But this was to be Golan’s year: the 33-year-old Spaniard battled for 82 minutes to beat Gaultier for only the second time in his career 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 3-11, 11-9 and claim the prestigious European crown for the first time.