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Australia’s Palmer Tops Rankings
– Thierry Lincou moves to #5
Thierry Lincou photo © 2001 Fritz Borchert


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Cardiff Wales, Oct 1 2001 by Howard
Harding © 2001, photo © 2001 Debra Tessier, squashphotos.com

AUSTRALIA’S PALMER STRENGTHENS WORLD No1 RANKING
Australia’s David
Palmer
has strengthened his grip on the No1 position in the new
October Dunlop PSA Men’s World Rankings, announced today (2nd October)
by the Professional Squash Association (PSA), after topping the rankings
for the first time last month.

Despite losing to England’s former
world No1 Peter Nicol in the semi-finals of last month’s
Al-Ahram International in Egypt, the British Open champion from Lithgow
in New South Wales has increased his lead ahead of second-placed Canadian
Jonathon Power and the Al-Ahram champion Peter Nicol at
No3. A busy month lies ahead for the sport’s elite players – with this
week’s $140,000 Qatar Classic, the richest event of the year to date,
followed by the $120,000 WSF World Men’s Championship in Melbourne, preceding
the World Team Championships.

Palmer, 25, is seeded to win both
PSA events – the Super Series Platinum tournament which begins in Doha
on Wednesday (3rd October) being the first event since the US Open in
September 1997 in which Nicol and Power have been drawn in the same half.
Welshman David Evans returns to No4 in the October PSA rankings,
while SquashTalk "player of the month" Thierry
Lincou
– winner of the South African Challenge in September
– rises to a career-high No5 to become the first Frenchman to achieve
a world top five ranking. Cairo-based Omar Elborolossy returns
to the top twenty at 18, ahead of world junior champion compatriot
Kareem Darwish
, to become the highest-ranked Egyptian for the
first time.

1 [1] David Palmer AUS
2 [2] Jonathon Power CAN
3 [3] Peter Nicol ENG
4 [5] David Evans WAL
5 [8] Thierry Lincou FRA
6 [4] Paul Price AUS
7 [6] John White SCO
8 [7] Mark Chaloner ENG
9 [10] Martin Heath SCO
10 [11] Ong Beng Hee MAS
11 [9] Stewart Boswell AUS
12 [12] Simon Parke ENG
13 [13] Alex Gough WAL
14 [16] Chris Walker ENG
15 [14] Paul Johnson ENG 16
[15] Lee Beachill ENG 17
[17] Del Harris ENG 18
[21] Omar Elborolossy EGY
19 [18] Kareem Darwish EGY
20 [20] Graham Ryding CAN



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