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Sport / End of the line for archery knockouts, table tennis and badminton singles – whilst Smith has the chance of another medal

The men's road race today. Photo: Shetland IGA

THE ISLAND Games in Guernsey are now more than halfway complete and Team Shetland has had an eventful Wednesday with more yet to come.

The morning started with archery head-to-head knockouts for both recurve and compound competitors.

Ryan Leith and Billy Finnie lost their compound head-to-heads in the round of 32.

For the recurve players, Benjamin Hamer also lost in the round of 32.

However Dylan Murphy won against Isle of Man athlete Alex Allen-Snell.

He progressed to the round of 16, also beating Robert Palmer from the Isle of Wight.

Unfortunately he didn’t make it past the quarter finals as he was beaten by Daniele Rolfi of Aland.

Also continuing this morning was the badminton men’s singles.

Dean Guthrie and Thomas Calder played in the round of 16 after successful matches yesterday, but Guthrie lost to a Greenland player.

Calder beat Carlos Riudavets Sintes of Menorca, advancing him to the quarter finals.

That was when his progression in the tournament was halted, as he was beaten 2-0 by Jordan Trebert from Guernsey.

The table tennis singles made good headway this morning too, with Ian Bray and Joan Smith continuing to the knockout stages.

However they both lost their respective matches.

Shetland’s cyclists were back on the road for team and individual races today.

It is Hayley Dixon’s first time competing at the Island Games.

First-timer Hayley Dixon placed 14th and teammate Lynsey Henderson 17th in the women’s individual race.

The ladies came 5th overall in the team competition while the men ranked 8th.

The men placed as follows: Robin Atkinson 30th, Kieran Fraser 38th, Andrew Aitkin 39th, John Thomson 50th and Carlos Riise 51st.

Finally, it is now confirmed that Team Shetland will be back in the pool for more potential medals tonight.

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Jasmin Smith placed second in the 100m breaststroke this morning, securing herself a place in the final around 6pm tonight.

Finlay Geddes will also be in the running for the men’s 200m backstroke final, after coming 6th earlier today.

Robbie Thomson came 2nd in the 800m freestyle morning heat, almost a full 10-seconds ahead of the 3rd place competitor from the Isle of Wight.

He will need to wait until the evening heat tonight to see if he has the chance of placing on the podium.

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