Merrien has to settle for silver.
In what became a two man race Lee Merrien was outsprinted for gold by Isle of Man ‘s Oliver Lockley in the opening track final of the 2017 games. There were echoes of 2009’s 5000m final, where Merrien tracked and outsprinted Aland’s marathon specialist Janne Holmen, but this time the tables were turned and it was the Guernseyman who was the hunted. Despite a big acceleration after 2k followed by a consistent pace which saw the duo lap the rest of the field Merrien never shook off Lockley and the 25 yr old Manxman broke clear with 300m remaining to win in 30:37.46 from Merrien’s 30:40.84.
Carl Holden was below his best in 10th with 34:46.52.
Gsy Athletics’ other finallists on the opening night were at the other end of the age spectrum and 16 yr old Lucas Rive posted an “official PB” of 1.82 for 7th in the high jump. 15 yr old Joe Chadwick was 10th with a clearance of 1.66m.
Richard Bartram and Simon Murphy both overcame tough qualification criteria to progress to Tuesday’s 800m final with Bartram edging his PB down to 1:58.76 in the process.
In windy conditions Josh Allaway (200m) and Indi Gallagher (400m) impressed with opening round wins and all of the young sprinters progressed to their semis – Abi Galpin, Vicky Mann (100m), Amelia Lees(400m) & Harry Burns(200m).
Full results can be accessed here