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Sport / Gold for MacKay as bronzes also pile up

Seamus MacKay heading for the finishing line well ahead of the rest of the field. Photo: Debra Coleman/Gibraltar 2019

SHETLAND has won its first gold of the island games with a dominating performance by Seamus MacKay in the 800m men’s final.

MacKay won the race with a time of 1:53.18 – more than two-and-a-half seconds ahead of the second and third placed competitors who shared a time of 1:55.71.

And Shetland added three more bronze medals in the swimming – making a total of seven third placings for the isles. Felix Gifford nailed the bronze in the 100m butterfly with a time of 57.38 to add to his bronze in the 200m butterfly that he won yesterday.

Anne Hutchison claimed the 200m breastroke bronze with a time of 2:36.96 and Emmie Hutchison placed third with a time of 28.88 in the 50m butterfly and Katie Bain was eighth in the same event with a time of 29.77.

MacKay proudly shows off his medal.

The results pushed Shetland to thirteenth in the medals table – lying just behind the Western Isles but four rankings above Orkney, with three days of competition left.

Kaila Ratter also came in a creditable fifth place in the women’s 1500m freestyle with a time of 18:18.00. The women’s team placed fourth in the final of the 4 x 50m medley relay with a time of 1:58.32. Mark Hutcheon was seventh in the final of the 50m breaststroke.

Felix Gifford finished fifth in men’s 200m freestyle with a time of 1:53.68, while Lauren Sandison was eighth in the women’s 200m medley with a time of 2:28.30.

Also competing today were Leigh Nicolson who come in sixth place in the women’s shot put, while the 400m women’s relay time narrowly failed to qualify for the final.

Chloe Hitchen progressed to the last 16 of the women’s badminton singles as did Luca Russell and Dean Guthrie in the men’s event. Laura Guthrie and Shona Mackay are both through to the last 16 of the women’s doubles as are Cloe Hitchin and Aimee Keith.

In the men’s badminton doubles Rory Irvine and Luca Russell are both through to the last 16 as are Dean Guthrie and Ramsay Hogg.

Shelley Humphray, Louise Parr and Miriam Veenhuizen were all competing in the women’s individual cycling time trial and came in 17, 22 and 24 placings respectively, while the same three riders finished seventh in the team event.

Shetland came in twelth at the sailing team event and Darren Forrest ranked 15 in the Laser standard rig. Maggie Adamson was in thirteenth in the Laser radial rig event.

Darren Leslie and John Magnus Laurenson placed 7 and 9 respectively in the Olympic skeet open event and the Shetland team were ninth in the Olympic trap team open.

Stuart Copland, Phil Manson and David Sutherland all fell in the men’s squash singles final play-offs as did Joan Smith, Kerry Pottinger and Lindsay Sim in the women’s event, although Smith managed a good run.

In the cycling, Shetland placed ninth in the men’s team trial event with a time of 2:11.54.