NATWEST ISLAND GAMES: Double delight!
JERSEY picked up two gold medals at the Lathbury Sports Complex yesterday as Elliott Dorey struck gold in the 5000m and Ross Jeffs picked up Jersey’s first ever long jump Games title at the NatWest Island Games.
Jeffs stamped his authority on the competition with a personal best jump of 7.23 metres – more than enough for gold. The leap came in the second round, but Jeffs’ series was consistently strong – only once did he drop below 6.90.
Second place was the Cayman Islands’ Carl Morgan, jumping 7.14m.
Rob Thomas competed, but triple fouled and was eliminated.
Dorey was a clear and composed winner over 5000m, taking the win in 15min 24.84sec.
Elsewhere in the field, high jumper Lucy Woodward cleared 1.53m, also a PB, to secure fifth place in her event.
Earlier in the day, 400m runners Charlie Livingston and Sam Dawkins both qualified for the finals, as did 100m specialists Rob Thomas and Tyler Johnson. Middle distance runner Sam Maher qualified alongside Dorey in the 1500m, and Yasmin Lookess qualified for the 800m final.
Jeffs said: ‘I came here to win two gold medals. That’s one down, so one more to go.
‘To be honest when it comes to championships I really don’t care how far I jump. I knew I had something like that in the tank, and obviously the wind conditions were very difficult. If it had been a clear tailwind I probably would’ve jumped further, but I’ll take the win at a champs.
‘It’s probably one of the highest standards at a Games, you have the winners of the last four Games competing, guys capable of eight-metre jumps there, so it was a really good competition.'