ISLAND GAMES: Track stars lead the way for Ynys Môn so far

Reporter:

Tomos Hughes

IT’S at the athletics track where Ynys Môn has enjoyed its biggest success in the 2015 Jersey Island Games so far. 

After four full days of competition, the team have bagged themselves a total of four bronze medals, with three coming from track and field.

2013 gold medal winner Iolo Hughes got the island of the mark on Monday with a bronze medal in the 5,000m race, completing the distance in a very impressive time of 14 minutes and 32.14 seconds. 

The athletics team then achieved the team’s second and third medals on Tuesday. 

After looking strong in the heats of the 400m, Mikaela Harrison put in a fantastic display in the final to take the bronze medal in a time of 58.33 seconds. 

Claiming Môn’s third bronze medal later that day was discus thrower Connor Laverty, whose throw of 43.33 metres was the third best effort of the competition. 

Anglesey's women sport trap team shooters, Catriona Duffy and Sioned Jones, acheieved the island's fourth on Wednesday.

Their combined team score of 111 saw them finish on the podium, behind the Isle of Wight and Jersey.

Also with a chance of success are the island’s 4 x 100m relay teams, with both the men and women qualifying for Friday’s finals. 

Elsewhere, sailor Eifion Mon looks well positioned to gain Anglesey’s first gold medal in the Laser standard rigs, in which he leads the standings with just one race remaining. 

Anglesey’s sailors are also looking good in the team event, with the four-man team of Dominic Breen-Turner, Eifion Mon, Michael Thorne and Benjamin Todd leading the way after four races. 

In the Laser Radial rig, Benjamin Todd was in sixth position on Wednesday after four of nine races. 

On the football field, Ynys Môn's men will be taking on Jersey today (Thursday) in the 7th-8th place play-off after finishing second in their group. 

After going down 5-2 to Guernsey on Sunday, they came back with a stronger performance against Gibraltar on Monday, conceding a late equaliser as they earned a 1-1 draw. 

They left their best result of the group until last, as they came back from a 2-0 half time deficit to beat Gotland by a 3-2 verdict and secure their progression into the next round of the tournament. 

The women will face Greenland today in the 9th/10th place play-off, after they finished bottom of their qualifying group.

They suffered a 5-2 loss against Aland and a 7-0 drubbing against Isle of Wight, before succumbing to a spirited 3-2 defeat in searing heat against Guernsey yesterday.

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