Day three brought a second medal for Ynys Môn at the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games, as Ffion Roberts stormed to a bronze in the Women’s 400m on Tuesday afternoon.
After winning heat three on Sunday, Roberts had a day’s rest before competing in the final at Lathbury Sports Complex, where a time of 58.53 was enough to secure third place, two-tenths off beating an Ynys Môn record in the event as well.
This is a first appearance at the International Island Games for the 19-year-old athlete, so securing a medal in her very first event is a huge milestone for the young prospect.
Ynys Môn’s first medal winner of the Games, Patrick Harris – who bagged a bronze in the Shot Putt final on Monday evening – went for another podium in the Discus on Tuesday night, but could not quite get ahead of a very tight field and into the top three positions.
His effort of 37.55m was good enough for sixth place, less than 2.5m away from the gold-medal-winning throw of Saaremaa’s Herkki Leemet, so a fantastic showing for the 18-year-old.
Elsewhere in the Athletics, Gethin Hughes finished third in a tight final field of 110m Hurdles runners, however due to there being a reduced number of participants competing there was no bronze medal up for grabs – but take nothing away from what was a great performance from the young athlete.
In the 4x100m Relay races the Men’s and Women’s squads performed very well, but unfortunately neither advanced in the competition.
The women finished fourth in what was a very strong heat, whereas the men failed to complete as one of their athletes pulled up with a significant injury midway through the race at a time when the team were looking like they may progress.
Despite not qualifying for the next round, there were very encouraging signs for the squads going forward into the remaining races.
In the Women’s 1500m, Lucy Lawrence did very well to finish in the middle of a very competitive field with a time of 5:20.50 good for seventh spot in the standings..
Over in the Badminton, there were wins for both Lowri Jones and Mathew Rankenhohn in the Singles events, as Jones progressed to the round of 32 with a win against opposition from Gotland before being beaten by Guernsey’s Chloe Le Tissier. Rankenhohn won two matches and booked himself a place in the round of 16 which takes place tomorrow, after topping two opponents from Gibraltar in today’s action.
In the remaining singles and doubles matches, Ynys Môn’s squad competed very well but were unable to progress further. Rankenhohn will face opposition from Jersey tomorrow and everyone will be back in action again soon in the Mixed Doubles on Thursday.
Cycling recommenced today as Anglesey’s Men’s and Women’s squads took part in the Individual and Team Time Trial events which involved a gruelling ride up the Rock of Gibraltar for the finish of the race.
The women’s squad placed seventh in the Team Event, with Sally Rigg 13th in the Individual timings, Ceri Jones 25th, Annie Glover 28th and Tamara Walton-Evans 29th.
Nic Owen finished 34th in the Men’s Individual Time Trial with Môn’s Robert Mansell in 42nd place, but both were just a few minutes behind the leading pack. Another rest day awaits on Wednesday for the cycling squads before going into the Road Race event on Thursday.
A second-placed finish in Race Six of the Sailing was secured by Ynys Môn’s Dominic Breen-Turner, after Race Five was called off due to very difficult weather conditions. Breen-Turner has performed very well and is among the leading racers overall as the event progresses towards its conclusion later in the week.
There were encouraging performances again in the Shooting events from Ynys Môn as a 13th-placed finish was secured in the Olympic Trap Team Final and Dave Jones and Stephen Hays finished 10th and 11th respectively in the Olympic Open Skeet Individual event. Tomorrow (Wednesday), Anglesey compete in Individual Qualification events.
The Swimming squads secured spots in four finals in what was their second day of competition as Emily Williams contested the 200m Breaststroke, Michael Leonard made it to the 50m Breaststroke, Eve Goddard-Smith battled in the 50m Butterfly and the Men’s 4x50m Freestyle Relay team also reached a final.
Medals weren’t forthcoming in any of the events, but the effort put in by all of the swimmers was second to none, including Llion Myers and Hollie Tomblin, who were unlucky not to progress from their prelim races.
It was Mixed Doubles in the Ten-Pin Bowling in the third straight day of competition for all of the squads – something Ynys Môn players aren’t used to at all, but it is testament to their quality and effort that they continue to compete so well. The Team Event is to follow tomorrow and Thursday.
In the Tennis there were two straight-sets defeats for Dave Parry and Sion Myers against strong opposition in the rounds of 32 and 16 respectively, but both will have a chance to bounce back straight away as they compete in the Doubles on Wednesday morning at 9am.
For a full list of results and times, head over to 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.