NATWEST ISLAND GAMES: Irving turns back clock
IT was a good day for Jersey’s athletes at the Lathbury Sports Complex, as they picked up a medal of each colour across three finals.
Hurdler Peter Irving won gold over 110m, finishing well clear in a time of 16.08 seconds. Guernsey’s Toby Glass was second in 16.34 sec and Ynys Mon’s Gethin Hughes was third in 17.59sec.
Discus throwers Nathan Thomas and Cameron Campbell picked up silver and bronze medals, respectively, in their competition, but both had gold-medal-distance throws disallowed.
Saaremaa’s Herkki Leemet won the competition with a second-round 40.20m, with an extremely strong tailwind hindering any hopes of long throws.
Thomas finished second with a sling of 40.02 metres, but his third round throw, which appeared closer to 41m, was dubiously ruled out for a toe foul, while Campbell’s last round effort, which landed well clear of the 40m tape, was also disallowed. A frustrating day for both, but securing medals at their first Games bodes well for the future.
On the track, Will Brown finished sixth in an extremely strong field in his 800m final, clocking 1 minute 58.02 seconds.
Shetland’s Seamus Mackay was a runaway winner in 1min 53.18 sec.
The men’s 4x100m team qualified for the final comfortably, winning their heat. The team of Peter Irving, Rob Thomas, Charlie Livingston and Tyler Johnson clocked 42.89sec, finishing ahead of the Cayman Islands in second and Gotland in third.
Irving said: ‘It’s fantastic to win gold. I’m really happy about that – it’s only taken 20 years to finally complete the set in the 110m hurdles, but it’s great hopefully for the team morale as well, hoping it can boost us on.'