Men’s sprint relay squad advance in short but sharp morning of heats- by Jamie Ingrouille
Guernsey’s men’s 4x100m squad have qualified for Friday’s final after winning their heat in a time of 42.41.
The heat team consisted of Teddy Le Clerc, Alastair Chalmers, Harry Burns and Tom Druce. Le Clerc put in a solid start, Chalmers established a gap along the back straight and Burns’ and Druce’s quick subsequent legs only lengthened Guernsey’s lead.
The Sarnians are hoping to defend their Jersey 2015 title. However, the Cayman Islands’ team, led out by Olympian Kemar Hyman, dominated the second heat in clocking 41.13 which was just outside the Games record.
Amid murmurs that the Caymanians may have been disqualified, team manager and anchor-leg runner Tom Druce said: ‘It is going to be difficult if Cayman are through. They won their heat in a very very fast time, I think we have just got to run our own race and not worry about the opposition, it should be between us and Cayman and we just have to execute it well in the final and work on our changeovers a little as those were very very safe’.
It has now been confirmed that the Caymanians have advanced, but Josh Allaway hopes to add to Guernsey’s strength in the final.
Women’s quartet Hannah Barrett, Abi Galpin, Vicky Mann and Jas Norman hoped to reach the final, where they could defend their bronze title. However, they were disqualified after an unfortunate baton drop.