Golden shots for marksmen in Rhodes – but there is silver for athletes on road and track

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The eagle-eyed men with the steady hands added a whopping six golds, a silver and a bronze to keep pace with the host island and Bermuda who have set the early pace in the judo hall and athletics respectively.

It was pistol shot Mick Radcliffe who led the way with four golds, two of the golds team awards and the other two individual titles.

Jersey flag bearer Bob Blake, a serial gold plunderer over many games, shared two team titles and won an individual bronze, while the whole shooting match was started by another pair of Games pistol veterans, Dave Ward and Derek Bernard, in a team event at Kapodistria.

Mike Quénault and Dave Ward also won silver in the team air pistol.

Also striking gold were the boys in Afandou, not the golfers but clay pigeon team hot shots Jon de la Haye, Dave Le Rendu and Richard Le Brun, on a range that is as hard to find as the legendary, if not mythical, table tennis centre.

That tidal wave of medals, however, struggled to match for drama the three secured in athletics.

Anyone who saw the state of half-marathon runner Carol Knight’s blistered feet, will testify to the courage she displayed to keep on the 13.1 mile course and win the team silver, to go with the individual gong of the same colour won by Amanda Brown.

Another with a long connection with distance running, Jo Gorrod, turned to the track and the relative sprint distance of 1,500m to earn a five-second personal best and the silver.

The cycling town criterium was, sadly, changed to the not-quite-in-town criterium on the orders of the chief of police.

Jemima Davis was just outside the medals in fourth and in the men’s race, Sam Firby placed sixth.

On the northern tip of the island Chris Le Masurier was top Jersey finisher in sailboarding, coming third in the second race.

The main problem for all the sailboarders is an outstanding competitor from Menorca who is coming in so fast the majority of the fleet is being timed out.

The news elsewhere was not so grand, with our women footballers already out of contention and the men sweating it out over the result of Gibraltar and Menorca later today to see if their medal dream is still on.

There were defeats for both volleyball sides yesterday and two for the men’s basketballers, though they were to some of the top-class teams.

On the newly-laid clay tennis courts (just a couple of days ago, in fact) the Jersey ladies went down 2-0 to a strong Menorca outfit, while the men, after beating Saaremaa 2-0, also went out in the second stage, 2-1 to one of the favourites, Aland.

The sailors opened their campaign, with Martin Speller having good results in the laser, two fourths and a seventh, while David Carter had a little trouble in the last race, recording a seventh, a 12th and a 19th.

The most painful result came in the table tennis centre at the College of Rhodes when Guernsey won the inter-insular clash 6-1.

The Sarnians top the table after two games, but Jersey are just a point behind with two others as they had earlier beaten Greenland 5-2.

The pool opens today, with Jersey having high hopes, whether they race in the short lanes or not! Also starting up, the first time in Games history, is beach volleyball with Jersey’s men opening the campaign with a match against Bermuda.

A full day of action with only our footballers resting and no doubt biting their nails over the Gibraltar v Menorca match.

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