Commonwealth Games history for Halksworth
DANIEL HALKSWORTH is set to make Commonwealth Games history when he lines up on the streets of Australia’s Gold Coast next year, after becoming the first athlete ever to earn selection in three sports at three separate Games.
The 31-year-old has been named in Jersey’s road cycling team for the 2018 edition of the global sporting event – adding to calls received in 2006 for swimming and in 2014 for triathlon.
According to Commonwealth Games Federation records – dating back to the first British Empire Games in 1930 – it appears a three-Games hat-trick has never been achieved by anyone from any of the 80 Commonwealth territories, past or present.
‘After competing in my first Games as a swimmer I would have thought you were crazy if you said I would one day be able to compete in three different sports,’ said Halksworth.
‘It’s a bit of a shock to achieve this if I’m honest, but I’m unbelievably excited.'
While the Jerseyman's accomplishment across three Games is believed to be a first, he will have to settle for second place when it comes to completing an outright treble, as Christopher Bennett Symonds already has that record marked against his name.
The Ghanaian reached the landmark at Delhi 2010, when he doubled up for the cycling time-trial and swimming’s 50m freestyle – after earning selection for the triathlon at Melbourne 2006.
More in Tuesday's JEP.
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