Day two of six at the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games brought about its first medal for Ynys Môn – and a number of other firsts as well, reports Jamie Thomas.
Patrick Harris in the Men’s Shot Putt final broke Anglesey’s medal duck at the Games with a stellar performance to secure third place – and a personal best in the process – with an effort of 12.58m putting him behind perennial medallists Genro Paas and Erik Larsson.
Two fourth-placed runs in the 200m Men’s semi-final and 400m Hurdles Men’s heats saw Zach Price and Guto Tegid both advance to their respective finals, but they weren’t able to compete for medals in those events as more experienced opponents and seasoned prize winners took the top three spots.
Both Guto and Zach, however, registered Ynys Môn records at the Games with their efforts. In the 400m Hurdles, Guto’s time of 58.85 seconds in the heats was enough to top Euron Roberts’ mark at the Guernsey games back in 2003 (58.93), and Zach equalled a 200m record set in 1987 by Gethin Thomas (22.89) in his race.
Despite eighth-placed finishes for both, each had very valuable experiences against quality opposition, with Price in eighth in the 200m finishing just a second off first, in very challenging conditions against a headwind of 7.6m/s. Cai Roberts also notched a very creditable fifth-placed finish in the 3000m Steeplechase late in the day.
A 3-2 victory over the Western Isles in the 15th-placed playoff in Badminton saw Ynys Môn secure their first team event win of the Games, and coach Lee Matthews expressed pride at his players’ efforts in their five matches over the last two days.
They’ve competed very well against high standard opposition and lost many clashes by the finest of margins. They move into the singles and doubles competitions for the remainder of the week.
In the Cycling, they had no competitions today, but were given some welcome news as appeals by a number of teams following Sunday’s Women’s Team Criterium meant the Ynys Môn ladies squad were bumped up from a seventh-placed finish to a fourth-placed one, just shy of Guernsey in third. The men’s and women’s squads move on to the Time Trial events on Tuesday.
It was a great day in the Sailing for Dominic Breen-Turner as his first and fourth-placed finishes in races three and four of the Laser Standard Rig event pulled him up to fourth overall in the standings with more races to come over the coming days and further opportunities to improve his position.
The Shooting squads secured respectable 11th and 12th placed finishes in the Olympic Trap Team and Automatic Ball Trap Team events and look forward to the Olympic Skeet Individual matches taking place tomorrow.
The first day of competition for Ynys Môn Swimming squads was very eventful, as both Eve Goddard-Smith in the 100m Women’s Butterfly and the Men’s 4x50m Medley team qualified for their respective finals.
The men finished eighth in their final, but benefited massively from the experience of competing in front of a capacity crowd at the stunning Lathbury Sports Complex pool.
Goddard-Smith finished sixth in the Women’s 100m Butterfly final, but was only a few tenths off a bronze medal.
Hollie Tomblin smashed her personal best in the 100m Butterfly heats, but it wasn’t quite enough to secure a place in the final. Emily Williams, Lauren Jones, Jessica Parry, Michael Leonard and Jac Jones-Hughes also competed very well. The swimming squads have a number of events to follow over the coming days.
The Ten-Pin Bowling squads had another beneficial experience over at King Bastion Leisure Centre as Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles matches were completed. Ynys Môn sides didn’t trouble the front-runners, but it was another great experience for their players in their first competitive action and they will look forward to continuing their development throughout the week.
There was a first win for Anglesey in the Tennis event as Sion Myers triumphed 2-0 against Isle of Man (6-2, 6-1) in the Men’s Singles round of 32.
David Parry, the fifth seed, faces James Finnigan of Bermuda at 9:30 UK Time in his round of 32 fixture tomorrow, with doubles matches to come later in the week.
For a full list of results and times, head over to http://www.gibraltar2019results.com, where you can find records, schedules, fact-files and all sorts of information about the various events and get all the latest official results as they come in.