Swimmers turn up the heat

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The Island is currently in second spot in the overall table, just behind long-time rivals the Isle of Man.

The swimming team enjoyed the biggest successes after winning three golds, four silvers and two bronzes in just three hours last night.

The men had the best of the evening, with the 50m freestyle relay team taking gold and smashing the Island Games record by two seconds.

Simon Le Couilliard and Phil Boucheré also swam their way to individual record-breaking golds in the 50m backstroke and 100m breaststroke respectively.

There was also joy for the squash team in their first Island Games after beating Guernsey in the final of the team event 4-1, and in the badminton team event final the Island beat hosts Shetland 3-0, having – joy of joys – beaten Guernsey in a thrilling semi-final.

Gymnast Ben Frith (26) also won a double gold after taking the individual gold in the floor and vault event and a shared gold with the Faroes in the team vault event, along with James Evans and Matthew Maletroit.

Out on the track at the Clickimin Centre, both Peter Irving and Clare Lidster took hurdles gold, over 400m and 100m respectively, but Jersey’s bowls team lost to Guernsey in the team event final – but they should be delighted with their silver.

And in a spectacular mountain bike cross-country event, which was staged around the football pitch in Lerwick’s town centre, teenager James Patterson took an excellent bronze.

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