Cayman medals twice in day three of Island Games

| 08/07/2019 | 2 Comments
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Cayman sailors Robert Jackson (left) and Will Jackson

(CNS Local Life): Cayman added a silver and a bronze to the gold Louis Gordon earned in the high jump Saturday, when sprinter Danika Lyn came second in the women’s 100m and in the pool Jordan Crooks took third in the men’s 50m backstroke, during Monday’s (8 July) action at the 2019 NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar.

Lyn earned silver in a tight race, in a time of 12.89, just .06 seconds behind gold medallist Sara Wiss of Åland, and .08 seconds ahead of Katie Dinwoodie of the Shetland Islands. In winning his bronze in 25.45, Crooks was only .16 seconds behind the silver.

There were also a few near misses in the day’s swimming events. In the women’s 4x50m freestyle relay, Cayman (Samantha Bailey, Jillian Crooks, Alison Jackson and Kyra Rabess) took fourth, 0.73 seconds off the medal pace. Crooks came fifth in the women’s 100m butterfly, about half a second off the bronze medal pace. On the track, Karim Murray just missed a medal with a finish of 23.22, 0.14 seconds behind third place in the men’s 200m.

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Cole Morgan took fourth in the 200m IM

After two days of play in basketball, Cayman’s men are sitting at the top of their group, handily beating both Isle of Wight (103-42) and Isle of Man (129-50). The next game for the men is Tuesday evening against Aland.

The women’s basketball team did not fare as well, losing first against Gibraltar (68-54), and then getting routed by Menorca (104-47). Cayman next takes on Jersey Tuesday evening.

On the sand, the men’s beach volleyball duo of Richard Campbell and Nathan Dack are currently sitting third out of five teams in pool 1 of the group stage after two matches with one win against Bermuda (21-13, 21-12) and one loss to Gotland (21-7, 21-9). On Tuesday, Campbell and Dack will go up against the Jersey team in the morning (Gibraltar time) and Menorca in the afternoon.

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Marissa Harrison in action

Jessica Wolfenden and Stefania Gandolfi took their first match on Sunday, beating Menorca (21-7, 21-9), but at press time, the results of their second match against Hitra weren’t available.

Marissa Harrison and Ilean Powery took their first beach volleyball match Sunday, beating Bermuda (21-13, 21-7) and were playing their second match Monday evening against home team Gibraltar.

After three rounds of squash Cameron Stafford and Julian Jervis, who had both won their first two matches without losing a game, faced off Monday, with Stafford coming out on top 3-0. Jake Kelly dropped his first match 3-0, won the second 3-1, but lost the closely contested third 3-2.

On the women’s side, Eilidh Bridgeman took her first two matches by comfortable scores without losing a game, but in the third round lost to compatriot Marlene West, who had been given a bye in the opening round, in straight sets. West then recorded two more straight sets victories against Guernsey and Isle of Wight. Jade Pitcairn took her first two matches by 3-0 lines, lost the next match 3-2, but bounced back for a 3-2 win after losing the first two sets in an all-Cayman contest against Bridgeman.

The men’s and women’s squash finals are set for Tuesday, with both Stafford and West claiming top seeds.

In sailing, after two days of two races each in the laser radial rig, Robert Jackson sits in fifth place and Will Jackson is in joint 10th, with six races remaining through Thursday.

Tennis also continues Tuesday, with Cayman represented by Jake Booker, who lost his first match 2-0; Callum Theaker, who recorded a straight sets win; and Daniel Reid, who also won 2-0.

Still in the medals race on the women’s side are Jade Wilkinson (2-1 winner in her first match) and Lauren Fullerton (2-0 winner) who have earned spots in the round of 16 on Tuesday; Ilona Groak (0-2) and Willow Wilkinson (1-2) lost their round of 32 matches.

The Island Games continue through Friday, 12 July.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Gibraltar in Island games?

  2. Anonymous says:

    “Medal” is a noun not a verb.

    CNS: Medal can be a verb, and it is very useful to use it as one in headings. But you are not alone in your objections. As it happens, here is an article on this very word in The Guardian by the style guide editor.

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