Third time lucky for delighted Fox

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Fox, having twice before finished just outside of the medals in fourth place at an Island Games, cleared 2.03m to scoop a bronze medal in the high jump.

Speaking after the success he said: ‘It’s great to finally get something to take home although if I’m honest I’m a little bit disappointed not to equal my PB of 2.05m as I felt I could have jumped a bit higher and that would have got me a silver.’

Stephen de la Haye took fifth in the same event with a clearance of 1.94m.

Halksworth gained a medal in his third sport, having previously tasted success in swimming and triathlon, after his time of 32.57.54 earned him a bronze medal in the 10,000m behind Guernsey’s Stephen Dawes.

He said: ‘I went out fast just to worry a few people but I probably would have got bored if I had sat back and kept with the pack. I really wasn’t expecting to get a medal though as I was down as the fourth fastest so I was here to get a PB, which I did by about 30 seconds, so I’m really pleased.’

Aland’s track legend Janne Holman, a former European marathon champion, beat both Channel Islanders to the gold medal with a record time of 30.03.62 beating the Island Games time, set in Aland in 1991, by 14 seconds in his last Island Games before his retirement.

The other final of the day was the hammer in which Jersey’s Paul Derrien threw 43.54m for sixth place.

In the 100m sprint heats Helen Butler and Jenna Murphy sailed through to the semi-finals with Murphy’s a double success as she also progressed to the final of the long jump with a distance of 4.82m.

Ben Silva made it through to the semi-final of the 200m sprint while Felicity Johnson-Deeley was an automatic qualifier in the 1,500m, finishing second in her heat.

Team manager Andrew Winnie said: ‘It’s been a brilliant first day for us, I couldn’t ask for any more – everyone performed to their capabilities.

‘It was really great, and today is only the start so we’re going to develop further and there will be lots more medals to come.’

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