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Island Games - Friday round-up

Gymnast Alex Hedges has continued his outstanding form at the 13th NatWest Island Games in Aland.

He has won five more gold medals today (Friday) to take his tally to 12 golds and 14 overall.

They came in the men’s set individual floor, individual high bar, parallel bars, rings and pommel.

The Island remain in second place in the table with 29 golds, 28 silver and 23 bronze medals.

It’s been a great day for Island gymnasts generally.

Mukunda Measuria shared the gold with Hedges in the pommel and Joe Smith struck gold in the vault in which Hedges also claimed a bronze.

Smith also claimed a bronze in the individual parallel bars and the individual floor events with Measuria notching bronze in the rings.

And Alex’s younger brother Adam made it a family 1-2 by claiming silver in the high bar.

It’s not just been about the men.

Grace Harrison won gold in the FIG Individual Asymmetric Bars.

Rebecca Johnson claimed her fourth and fifth silvers of the Games in the FIG individual floor beam, with team-mate Grace Harrison securing bronze in the set individual floor and Johnson adding a bronze in the individual asymmetric bars.

There was disappointment for the Isle of Man men’s football team, thrashed 5-0 by Guernsey in the bronze play-off.

It was also misery for the women’s team, defeated 4-1 by Gotland in the semi-final this evening after they had taken an early lead. They will meet the Isle of Wight bidding for bronze tomorrow.

In tennis, there was silver and so nearly gold for the men's doubles team of Jonathon Barradell and Bruce Wagstaff, narrowly defeated 10-8 by Guernsey in a third-set tie-break.

On the track, the 4x100 metre women’s relay team took gold - Keira McDonnell, Danielle Ross, Sarah Dowling and Harriet Pryke - with a new Manx record time – 48.56 seconds.

There was also silver for the men’s team - Ben Brand, Michael Haslett, Peter Richardson and Tom Riley - in the 4 x 100m relay and silver for the men and women’s 4x400m teams.

Andrew Duncan finished sixth in the 1,500m final, Rachael Franklin was fifth in the 800m women’s final, while in the half-marathon, all the Manx competitors were close.

Ed Gumbley was 10th, Darren Gray 11th and birthday boy Kevin Loundes 12th.

Gail Griffiths was seventh in the women’s half-marathon.

In the table tennis men’s doubles, Julian Briercliffe and Andrew Patterson progressed from their group but were eventually defeated by the Isle of Wight pairing in the last 16.

Paul Corran and Adam Teare just missed out on qualifying.

Rebecca Bayley and Maggue Mulhern didn’t progress in the women’s doubles and while Corran and Mulhearn just missed out.

In the mixed doubles, Bayley and Teare got through their group before being defeated by the Faroe Islands in the last 16.

Shooter Daniel Shacklock scooped a bronze in the Olympic skeet individual and Peter Kelly bronze in the automatic ball trap.

Shaun Cook finished ninth in the final of the 50m Prone Smallbore Rifle.

In sailing, Michael Pridham was 15th in the laser standard rig and Peter Whipp 18th.

Alison Hinds was the best Manx performer, she finished 14th in the laser radial rig with Ben Swindlehurst 19th, while the Isle of Man was ninth in the team event.

Siblings Christen and Jonathan Callow were narrowly pipped in the mixed double badminton semi-finals but had a bronze medal consolation. Kimberley Clague and Matthew Wilkinson had also lost narrowly to Jersey in the quarter-finals, while John Quinn and Carly Singer were beaten by Gotland in the last 32.

In basketball, the Isle of Man women went down 71-20 to Menorca in their semi-final and will meet Gibraltar in Saturday’s bronze play-off.

Meanwhile, the men finished on a high in their final match with a 63-58 victory over Jersey.

The Isle of Man golfers have finished strongly to claim silver in the men’s team event.

Jonathon Corke, David Jones, Paul Lowey and Kevin Moore teamed up to finish behind Bermuda.

The women’s team finished sixth overall with Island champion Emma Harris the best performer as she also finished finishing sixth in the individual event.

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