Sprinters safely through initial stages– by Jamie Ingrouille
Hannah Lesbirel may prove one of Guernsey’s main medal prospects after a ‘quite comfortable’ 200m qualifier in a long morning of heats that evoked both joy and disappointment from the island team.
Lesbirel, who holds the women’s island record in the event, clocked 25.40 seconds which was the fastest heat time of the day.
‘Obviously it was really good to win the heat, I wanted to win it to have a fair chance in the semi and I am looking forward to the semi-final because I feel quite fresh still. That was quite comfortable and, of course, I am drawing from Indi’s energy from yesterday’ commented Lesbirel (Indi Gallagher set a new island women’s 400m record yesterday).
Jas Norman progressed as one of the fastest losers with a time of 26.29.
Ed Mason, who took silver in Monday’s steeplechase, expected to progress into the men’s 1500m final but unfortunately failed to qualify in a fast-run heat.
‘I knew what I had to do time-wise and did not panic when they surged but there was nothing in my legs with 300m remaining’ said the disappointed 18-year old.
However, Richard Bartram’s time of 4:08.21 earned him a fastest losers’ spot in the final.
This was mirrored in a similarly fast-run 800m heat where Rebecca Toll made the cut as a fastest loser with a personal best of 2:18.90 but Eliza Mason narrowly missed out on qualification. Mason will still be competing in the 400m hurdles tomorrow.
Josh Allaway won his 100m heat convincingly with a time of 11.08, and will progress to the semi-final.
Both of our 400m athletes have advanced to the 400m semi-final, with Teddy Le Clerc winning his heat in 50.92 and Peter Curtis clocking 51.39 for a new personal best.
However, the male sprinters will face strong opposition from several high-caliber Caymanian athletes. Olympian Kemar Hyman won his 100m heat in 10.39 while Jamal Walton clocked 46.43 in his 400m heat to improve Dale Garland’s Games record of 46.70.
Full results are available here.