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Sport / Triathlon team wins first medal at Gibraltar island games

Louise Parr, Shelley Humphray and Miriam Veenhuizen celebrating their bronze medal with triathlon teammates Ivor Johnson, Andrew Aitken , Scott Riise, Ivor Johnson and Andrew Wishart. Photo: IGA Shetland.

THE WOMEN’s triathlon team were the first local athletes to win a medal at this year’s NatWest International Island Games, which are being held in Gibraltar until next weekend.

On day one of the event Shelley Humphray, Louise Parr and Miriam Veenhuizen came third behind Guernsey and Jersey but well ahead of 4th placed Ynys Mon.

In the individual competition Parr came 8th in a time of 2:42:25, with Humphray close behind on 9th and Veenhuizen 20th.

The men’s triathlon team meanwhile were 8th in a strong field of competitors. Andrew Aitken reached 27th in the individual event in a time of 2:25:26. His teammates Scott Riise, Ivor Johnson and Andrew Wishart finished 40th, 44th and 47th respectively.

In the athletics stadium Seumas Mackay qualified for the 800m final, to be held on Tuesday, while both Katie Dinwoodie and Faye Cox are through to Monday’s 100m semi-finals. Sean Walterson finished 8th in the high jump with a result of 1.80m.

In badminton team event Shetland are through to the next round after winning against Gibraltar and Ynys Mor and losing against the Faroe Islands in Group D. They are up against Menorca on Monday.

The table tennis team can still reach 9th place after coming third in their group on Sunday. The team’s next opponent is the Isle on Man on Monday morning.