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2014 Isle of Man team
Glasgow bound: (back row, left to right) Haresh Measuria, Steve Partington, Clive McGreal, Anand Patel, John Cain, Phil Ward, Wilfy Walton, Mukunda Measuria, Graham Stigant, Gennady Tsyganov, Krystian Borucki, Frank Anderson and Chris Till
Middle row: (l to r) Bernice McGreal, Wendy Sandford, Ruth Cooil, Trevor Taubman, Jake Keeling, Grace Harrison and Nicole Burns
Front row: (l to r) Alex Hedges, Harriet Pryke, Caitlin Kneen, Tara Donnelly, Harshul Measuria and Andrew Nash

Athletics: Harriet Pryce (400m), Keith Gerrard (10000m), Reagan Dee (high jump), Olivia Curran (pole vault)
Cycling: Peter Kennaugh (road race, 40km points and 20km scratch race), Mark Christian (road race, time trial, 40km points and 20km scratch race), Jonny Bellis (track), Joe Kelly (road race, time trial, 40km points and 20km scratch race), Jake Kelly (road race), Andrew Roche (road race and time trial), Anna Christian (women’s road race and time trial), Laura Wasley (road race and time trial), Elliot Baxter (MTB and road race)
Badminton: Ben Li (men’s singles and mixed doubles with Cristen Marritt, nee Callow), Cristen Marritt (women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles with Ben Li), Kim Hobdell, nee Clague (women’s singles and doubles)
Boxing: Krystian Borucki (heavyweight)
Swmming: Grant Halsall (50, 100 and 200m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 200 IM, 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m freestyle relays and 4 x 100m medley relay ), Tom Bielich (50m and 100m freestyle, 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m freestyle relays and 4 x 100m medley relay), Guy Davies (50, 100 and 200m breaststroke, 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m freestyle relays and 4 x 100m medley relay), Alex Bregazzi (100 and 200m butterfly, 100 and 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m freestyle relays and 4 x 100m medley relay); Charlotte Atkinson (50, 100 and 200m butterfly, 50, 100 and 400m freestyle), Laura Kinley (50, 100 and 200m breaststroke and 50m freestyle), Niamh Robinson (50, 100 and 200m breaststroke, 200m IM, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly)
Shooting (clays): Tim Kneale (double trap), Jake Keeling (double trap) Neil Parsons (Olympic Trap), David Walton (Olympic Trap), David Clague (Skeet), James Bradley (Skeet)
Rifles: Harry Creevy (50m small-bore prone individual), Ben Kelly (50m small-bore prone individual), Rachel Glover (women’s 50m small-bore prone individual, 50m small-bore 3 position and 10m air rifle), Gemma Kermode (women’s 50m small-bore prone individual, women’s 50m small-bore 3 position and 10m air rifle), Lara Ward (women’s 50m small-bore prone individual)
Gymnastics: Alex Hedges, Anand Patel, Mukunda Measuria, Harshul Measuria (team and individual); Kaitlin Kneen, Tara Donnelly, Grace Harrison, Nicole Burns (all women’s team and individual)
Lawn Bowls: Bernice McGreal (women’s singles)
Triathlon: Andrew Nash
Team officials: chef de mission, T. Lushington; general team manager, Trevor Taubman; assistant team manager, Chris Till; medical officer, Frank Vaughan; *HQ office manager, Danni Bell; Ruth Cooil (physiotherapist), Wendy Sandford (physiotherapist), athletics, Steve Partington; badminton, Frank Anderson; boxing, John Cain; cycling team manager, Graeme Hatcher, Gary Hinds (track coach); Mike Doyle (road coach); Alex Jaffrey (mechanic); gymnastics, Haresh Measuria (team manager), Gennady Tsyganov (coach), Valery Molchano (coach); lawn bowls, Clive McGreal; shooting, Phil Ward (clays), Phil Glover (rifles), Kevin Gill (clays coach), Ian Shirra-Gibb (rifles coach); swimming, Leonie Cooil (team manager), Lee Holland (coach); triathlon, Graham Stigant
45 athletes, 25 officials; flag: Tim Kneale
71 countries 4929 athletes

2014 Isle of Man silver medal
Silver celebration: Peter Kennaugh shares the limelight with team-mates Joe Kelly (left) and Mark Christian
2014 Olivia Curran
Trying times: The pole vault was a near wash-out, and Olivia Curran failed to register a height
Elliot Baxter

Battler: Elliot Baxter finished a very creditable 17th in the men’s mountain bike race

Glasgow 2014

The Isle of Man well deserved its place at the 30th celebration of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which saw nine new World records and 142 Games records set.

Not only did it come to the table with a record number of athletes, it again left with its head held high and a silver medal in its luggage.

The Games were themselves the largest to date with 4929 competitors taking part in 17 sports.

The 45-strong team was the largest yet to represent the Island and several new sports were on the agenda: women’s gymnastics, women’s field athletics and men’s triathlon, and in some of the core sports new disciplines were tackled.

While expectations were high, the team generally coped well under the pressure and delivered some extremely encouraging results aside from Peter Kennaugh’s silver, the 11th medal the Island has won.

Of course there were disappointments, one even before the team set sail for Scotland when 2006 gold medal winner Mark Cavendish injured his shoulder at the end of the first stage of the Tour de France and was ruled out – an absence keenly felt by the cyclists, but then he did turn up to marshal the troops on the final day as well as offering advice via a Twitter feed.

Fourth place for young Mark Christian in the velodrome was a heart-breaking outcome as he was in line to become the Island’s first double medal winner.

The shooters, based at the world famous Carnoustie Hotel and golf course, 100 miles from Glasgow, were also stung by the lack of a result, some having shown amazing pre-Games form. The loss of pairs events also diluted their opportunities.

If some sports were left disappointed, the swimmers made a memorable return to the Games after an eight year absence - you cannot fault 13 senior and five junior records along with eight semi-final appearances, a remarkable performance.

The young female gymnasts added vibrancy and panache to the team and the appearance in the individual all-round final of Grace Harrison was a crowning moment that will serve the sport well.

And if there was a medals for support, the Isle of Man deserved a gold. Wherever we competed Manx flags were very obvious and accompanied by a sound wave of encouragement.

Impressively, four swimmers made the semi-finals of their events on the opening day of competition. It was the start of a run over five days that eventually produced 18 junior and senior records.

Laura Kinley, 18, set a new Island record in reaching the final 16 of the 50m breaststroke, a new event for the IoM, and was joined there by Niamh Robinson, 14, the youngest member of the entire team who lives in Darwen, Lancs, who just made the cut. Kinley clocked 31.97, a half second improvement of her own record, and Robinson 33.28.

Neither managed to improve their times in the semis, where they were in lanes seven and eight, Kinley clocking 32.05 and Robinson 33.38 for sixth and seventh places respectively, making Niamh the highest finishing Manx junior ever.

Kennaugh and Christian

Watch out: Peter Kennaugh and team-mate Mark Christian keep an eye on the action in Glasgow 2014

Charlotte Atkinson, 17, bound for the Youth Olympics in China in August as a member of the GB team, reached the semi-final of the 100 butterfly, clocking 59.80, a massive improvement on the previous Games best by a Manx swimmer in this discipline of 66.21 set by Emily Crookall-Nixon eight years previously in Melbourne. She was slightly slower in the evening, clocking 60.12 for sixth place.

Grant Halsall, after missing the previous Games through injury, finally saw action and came good in the 100m backstroke where he just made the semi-final as the 15th qualifier with 57.82, again another amazing improvement on Dane Harrop’s 2006 best of 60.71.

He went faster in the semi-final for eighth place with 56.78, but was no match for the likes of winner Mitch Larkin (Australia) who clocked 53.33.

Guy Davies, 17, was in superb form in the 200m breaststroke where he knocked five seconds off his senior Manx record, clocking 2.19.72 in a heat featuring the eventual gold medal winner Ross Murdoch (Scotland).

Davies was fourth to finish with the home country’s poster boy, Mike Jamieson, winner of the silver medal at the London Olympics, coming in second, a place he occupied in the final.

For Davies, it was another incredible improvement on the previous best in our games set by Shane Stigant of 2.29.79 in 1986.

Alex Bregazzi, 15, opened the swimming for the IoM in the heats of the 400m freestyle, another new event for the IoM, and he was first to touch just less than one second off his senior Manx record in 4.12.59, which left him 24th of the 28 starters.

2014 Anna and Laura
In the mix: Anna Christian (fourth from right) earned a place in Great Britain’s team at the World Championships and a professional contract after a gutsy ride in terrible conditions in the women’s road race

Swimmers step up to the mark

Coach Lee Holland could hardly hide his delight after a superb first day for the swim team: ‘What a day. My only concern is how we replicate that now, how do we top that? That was the first day, that should have been the last day. We can all go home now!

‘It only takes one big swim for people to start believing. We’ve got Commonwealth Games semi-finalists. It’s about making the most of your opportunities and taking those chances, rather than letting them pass you by.

‘I think that’s probably our most successful Commonwealth Games for our swimmers in a long, long time, even off the back of just one day and we certainly aren’t planning on finishing just yet!

‘We got so much left, so many events left for us that may even hold more of the same. Today was perhaps our biggest day on paper but we’ve surpassed even that.

‘We’ve got four more days of competition left and I fully expect us to be back in the semi-finals on at least two occasions. We’ve turned a few heads tonight and maybe turn even more over the next week.’

Team manager Leonie Cooil was equally delighted: ‘I’m really proud of every single one of them, they all stepped up to the mark. It’s very daunting to come to the Commonwealth Games, just being in the Games village and seeing all these big names.

‘Being in there tonight with that atmosphere was just incredible. They stepped up to the mark, held their own and they’ve show the world that the Isle of Man are here. We’re going to be here to stay.

‘Hopefully they’re inspiring all the younger swimmers back home in the Isle of Man. In four years time it (the Games) is in the Gold Coast and everyone wants to be going to the Gold Coast. And we’ve got the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa next year and we’ve got others coming through so watching these guys perform here is just inspiring them all.’

Having inspired the rest of the team with their amazing results on day one, the squad plundered more records on day two.

In the 200m freestyle, Bregazzi set a Manx junior and senior record on the eve of his 16th birthday when he clocked 1.56.49 (entry time 1.57.66). The previous Games best was by Alan Jones back in 1998 at 2.00.99. It left Alex 24th of the 57 entrants.

2006 Alex Bregazzi
Birthday boy: Alex Bregazzi clocked 54.00 in the 100m freestyle on the day he became 16

Kinley was also in excellent form in the 50m freestyle, clocking 27.34, a second lifetime best in as many swims, which gave her 25th place out of 57 starters. Emily Crookall-Nixon held the previous best time at 28.21, set in Melbourne eight years previously.

Shane Stigant would have been impressed to see his 100m breaststroke Games best of 69.28, set in 1986, absolutely blitzed by Davies, the youngster coming home in 65.92, a new senior record by 1.5secs, which left him 20th out of 34 starters.

The most impressive performance of the day came in the men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay where Halsall, Davies, Bregazzi and freestyle specialist Tom Bielich, 19, finally making his Games debut, clocked 3.37.31 in the same heat as the mighty Australians (3.16.91).

That was a seven second improvement on the previous best by Dane Harrop, Alan Jones, Adam Richards and David Batty in Manchester in 2002.

Backstroke ace Halsall also made a second appearance in a semi-final when he notched a berth in last 16 of the 50 metres event.

Timed at 26.51 in qualification, a new Manx record, Halsall was 13th fastest and later in the day was just outside that time in the semi where he placed eighth for 14th overall.

The previous best time at a Games was set by Dane Harrop at 28.28 in 2002.

Bregazzi got the day going on day three in a heat of the 200m butterfly that featured Scotland’s favourite Cameron Brodie and Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion Chad Le Clos, but this time he was unable to better his previous best, clocking 2.15.42 against his entry time of 2.14.86.

However he gave himself a great birthday present later in the morning when he produced a PB of 54.00 against an entry time of 54.66 in the 100m freestyle that left him 33rd out of 63 starters.

Bielich, in his first individual outing, was just .01 slower for 34th place, beating his previous best by 0.17. Prolific Island Games winner David Picken is still the fastest Manxman at this distance in the ‘Commonwealths’, his 53.89 having been set in 1990 in Auckland.

Robinson easily eclipsed the time set by her mother, Suzanne, in 1990, but was unable to get near her own best in the 200m breaststroke where she was timed at 2.40.00 against an entry time of 2.37.15 but 10 seconds better than mum!
Kinley was just 1.03 off her best time with 2.36.25.

2014 Isle of Man shooting team
Guns ‘n’ golf: Shooting was based at Carnoustie, synonymous with golf. (Left to right) Phil Ward, Ian Shirra-Gibb, Lara Ward, Harry Creevy, Rachel Glover, Ben Kelly, Gemma Kermode and Phil Glover

There was agony for Atkinson when she missed reaching the semi-final of the 50m butterfly by one hundredth of a second. She was slightly outside her previous best with 27.63, which left her 17th of the 47 entrants. Robinson beat her junior record by 0.4 in recording 29.30 for 27th place.

The record tally hit 13 by the end of the heats on the fourth day of the Games and the number of semi-final appearances reached seven!

Kinley and Halsall were both in great form, Laura just making the final 16 with a record- breaking time of 70.90 in the 100m breaststroke. She was just marginally slower in the semi-final, recording 70.99 for eighth place.

Halsall, going up against le Clos, was also slightly slower than his qualifying time for seventh place in the semi-final of the 100m butterfly.

He notched 54.00 in qualifying and 54.15 in the semi-final. The previous best Games performance was by David Picken back in 1990 when he was timed at 59.46.

Davies started the proceedings in great style by clocking 30.28 in the 50m breaststroke – his third record in three swims - to take 23rd place out of 27 starters.

In the women’s 100m freestyle, Atkinson was half a second outside her lifetime best in 58.82 for 23rd place out of 45 starters.

Robinson had a tough day, first going in the 200m individual medley and then lining up for the 100m breaststroke.

In the former she clocked 2.23.75, .59 off her best for 18th place of the 24 starters, and in the latter she timed out at 75.74 against a best of 73.81 that gave her 26th berth out of 38 starters.

Bregazzi dipped under the 60 seconds barrier for the first time in the 100m butterfly, beating his previous best by .89. And to crown a great morning, the boys knocked an incredible 16 seconds off the Manx best for the 4 x 200m relay.

Halsall, Bregazzi, Bielich and Davies were timed at 8.06.38 in their heat, won by Scotland in 7.18.93, while the Australia’s powered their way to the top spot in 7.12.85. The previous Manx best at the Games was by David Picken, David Glover and brothers Shane and Graham Stigant at 8.34.39 back in 1990.

There were more memorable moments in the pool on the penultimate day of the swimming with the diminuitive Robinson making another semi-final, the eighth for the squad.

She qualified 15th for the 50m backstroke with 31.03 and was just outside that time in finishing eighth in the evening. In the 200m backstroke, Halsall was unable to match his previous best and clocked 2.05.30 for 10th place out of 17 starters.

Freestylers Bregazzi and Bielich were in form in the 50m and the former beat his PB with 25.08 while the latter set a new Manx record with 24.51, a time that finally bettered David Picken’s previous Games best of 24.83 from 1990.

Atkinson ‘twittered’ that her swim in the 200 butterfly was ‘a disappointing end to a disappointing Games’. She was well outside her best in clocking 2.16.64 for 16th place out of 23 starters, with only the top eight qualifying for the final.

The only action for the Island on the final day at the pool was the 4 x100m men’s relay where ‘the boys’ again made an impact by going well under the previous Games best. Belich, Davies, Halsall and Bregazzi clocked 3.58.66 with England, the eventual surprise winners, being fastest in 3.31.51. Alan Jones, Dane Harrop, Adam Richards and David Batty had set the previous Games best in Manchester at 4.04.54.

In the end the record tally was four junior records and one senior new mark for Niamh, a junior and senior record for Alex, two senior records for Laura, one senior record for Tom, two senior records for Grant and three seniors for Guy. The lads also set new records in the three relays.

2014 Isle of Man gymnastics squad
Brothers in arms: left to right: Anand Patel, Mukunda Measuria, Harshul Measuria and Alex Hedges

The cyclists were always expected to lead from the front and Mark Christian did just that in the men’s individual 38.4km time trial with an excellent 11th place out of the 56 starters, clocking 50.50.54.

He showed extremely well in the early stages and maintained his composure on the testing and technical course that utilised the city’s streets and nearby countryside.

He finished 3.09 behind winner Alex Dowsett (England), a man hired specifically by Spanish professional team Movistar to shine in this type of event and prologue time trials.

The top end of the field bristled with world stars at this discipline as well as being quality road racers. Andrew Roche was a late arrival in the village having decided to prepare in the comfort of home surroundings. His time trial form was perhaps the best of his amazing career, and the 42-year-old had set a native best for 25 miles of 52.07 in the Isle of Man, a staggering achievement considering the poor roads and awkward nature of the course. The previous best of 52.12 had been set by 2006 team member Andrew Cook on a super-fast course in the UK.

Encouraged to keep going for the 2014 Games by Mark Cavendish, Andrew could not manage to surpass his previous best finish of 11th, and ended a tough event in 15th, 4.52 down on Dowsett.

Sadly, a technical infringement spotted by officials just prior to the start ruled out Joe Kelly competing.

'The time trial is an individual performance and you can only do what you can do,' said the Team Raleigh pro Christian. 'I've left everything out there on the road - I got my effort about right.

'I'll take 11th place, definitely.

'It was a tough day out there. There was a headwind on the way back to the finish. If anything I maybe tried too hard on the way out and coming back in was really heavy going.'

Andrew Roche was slightly disappointed with 15th in what he insisted was his final Commonwealth Games, but his performance was not to be sniffed at, recording a time of 52m 33.61s to beat Welshman Luke Rowe, a Team Sky rider, by more than 14s.

‘I'd have expected Mark [Christian] to beat me in this really. He's racing at a much higher level than me now.

'I'm not happy with my ride. I was definitely going better over the last couple of weeks. That's always the problem with these events because I'm not on a team anymore; I don't ride that many races and you drop off quite a lot.

'I didn't have it all in the legs really today. I was struggling all the way round.'

2014 Jake Kelly
Grinning and bearing it: Jake Kelly and the rest of the field had to brave atrocious weather in the men’s road race. Jake is followed by Mark Cavendish’s professional lead-out man Mark Renshaw (Australia)

Linda Willumsen (New Zealand) one of women’s cycling’s world stars both at time trialling and road racing, just won the women’s 30km (18 miles) individual time trial from England’s Emma Pooley, but one of the rides of the day was by the IoM’s budding all-round star Anna Christian, 18, sister of Mark.

Conditions were mixed, following several light showers, and riders had to be cautious on damp roads, particularly the inner-city areas.

Anna finished a fighting 14th, 3.23 behind the Danish-born winner, while team-mate Laura Wasley, 30, was a game 26th of the 31 starters in 50.01.14, 7.42 behind the victor.

Both girls were delighted to get Manx women’s cycling back on the Commonwealth map, the last two to appear in Manx colours being Jacqui Fletcher and Sharon Sutton (then Watterson).

Anna was quite pleased with her performance: 'When I first got back [to the finish] I was fifth on the timings and I thought it would be nice to be in the top-10.

'To be honest I wasn't expecting much from the time trial, it is not my favourite event. I'm looking forward to the road race.’

Laura described the lumpy course as being slightly damp all the way round, but there were no tight corners to worry unduly about until the return into Glasgow where things got a bit technical, especially the finishing loop round Glasgow Green.

'There was great support out on the course, there were big groups of people all the way round giving a cheer to all the riders,' said Laura.

'It was fantastic, I've never ridden anything like it before. It's not like this riding around Jurby on a Wednesday evening.’

The women’s road race over 98kms, 60 miles, tested even the best, the pace quickly telling on the field of 63.

The promising Christian, just a few days away from her 19th birthday, survived well and found herself in the heart of the action as Australia and England tussled for the gold.

Said the game Christian: ‘England wanted the eventual winner up the road while the Aussies wanted a sprint finish. It was attacking and counter-attacking all the time.’

On damp and often wet and slippery roads, particularly in the paved shopping areas, Christian maintained station in the dwindling bunch, eventually rolling across the line in 18th place.

The winner, as expected, was England’s Lizzie Armistead, who forged ahead in the closing stages. Laura Wasley, 30, was pulled out of the race by officials on lap three, one of 36 of the 63 starters to suffer the same fate.

Cheery Elliot Baxter, making a welcome return to the Games after his disappointment in not finishing in Manchester in 2002, crossed the line in a fine 14th in the mountain bike race.

In mixed conditions, the specially prepared course proved very difficult and 15 of the 33 starters were lapped at least once (most two or three times) before they were regarded at non-finishers.

But former professional and one-time British junior champion Baxter plugged on gamely, readily acknowledging the considerable talent of winner, Anton Cooper of New Zealand, and his team-mate and runner-up Sam Gaze.

In a Facebook message, Elliot, 36, a fireman, thanked everyone ‘for all the good luck/well done messages, much appreciated and too many to answer all personally.

‘The race was an experience, I didn't ride great but enjoyed being part of it all. The course was tough, slippy, and technical but a combination of the telly and more importantly the skill level of the leading riders made it look fairly straight forward. I've been on the floor a few times this week in practice!

‘Thanks for the support out on course and for the support from everyone who has helped me make it to Glasgow.’

2014 gym girls
Gifted girls: Coach Valery Molcano (left) and physio Ruth Cooil (far right) with gymnasts (left to right) Tara Donnelly, Grace Harrison, Nicole Burns and Caitlin Kneen

David Clague, the oldest member of the Manx team at 62 and competing in his fifth Games, finished 16th in the men’s Skeet clays.

David was 12th overnight on 68 ex 75 (22-22-24) but slipped four places next day when the final 50 clays were on offer, missing two targets in the first 25 and then five in his final outing, leaving him on 111 ex 125.

Team-mate James Bradley, 43, of Douglas, a quantity surveyor, making his Games debut, finished 21st on 102 ex 125. After being 62 ex 75 (19-21-22) overnight, he struggled on the second day with 18-22.

The gold went to Georgios Achilleos (Cyprus) with 122 ex 125. In the final he beat Drew Christie (Scotland) 14-6.

World record holder Tim Kneale was unable to produce the same form that earned him a bronze medal in Delhi when he finished a lowly 12th in the double trap clays discipline.

The 31-year-old agricultural consultant, ranked number four in Great Britain, living and working near Stranraer, scored 120 against the 135 of top qualifier Asab Modh (India).

Team-mate Jake Keeling, a 43-year-old farmer from Cronk-v-Voddy, had a much better morning.

The marksman who has won more Manx championships across all the clay disciplines than any other shooter, scored 124 to claim a very respectable ninth place.

The gold went to England’s Steven Scott who beat team-mate Matthew French 30-29, the scores reverting to zero for the final phases of the competition.

Harry Creevy’s distinguished small-bore shooting career for the Island ended in low key fashion in his native Scotland on Monday, July 28.

The Albert Hotel publican had been tempted by general team manager Trevor Taubman to have a final go after he was just one point away from making his fourth 50m final in Delhi four years previously.

Sadly his form didn’t allow for a fairytale ending and the extremely popular 59-year-old had to settle for a lowly 16th place out of 36 starters.

Harry, who was born in Dumbarton and started his Games career in Edinburgh in 1986, reached three successive finals (sixth in 1994, sixth 1998 and eighth 2002).

Besides his love of competing for the IoM, he travelled the world for Great Britain at both 50m and 300m.

At the Barry Buddon Range, he never quite clicked and carded 614 compared to the record-breaking 624 of top qualifier and eventual gold medal winner Warren Potent of Australia.

Team-mate and Games debutant Ben Kelly, 20, one of the likely lads who might well fill Harry’s shoes, was also off the pace with 604.5 for 26th place out of the 36 starters.

Rachel Glover, 33, who lives and works in York as a computational biologist, finished 17th in the women’s 50m small-bore prone individual event on her Games debut.

The former GB number one notched 608.5 against the 620.7 of the winner, Sally Johnston of New Zealand, who also produced a Games record.

Team-mate Lara Ward, 47, a bank accountant and lining up for her fourth Games, missed out on the form that won her the Commonwealth Shooting Federation (European Division) title at the same range in 2013 and finished 19th on 606.1.

Making it a first for the Island, Gemma Kermode, 29, and Glover tackled the women’s 50m small-bore three position event and placed 18th and 20th respectively out of a field of 23.

Gemma notched 554 ex 600 and Rachel 548, the gold going to Jasmine Ser (Singapore), the leading qualifier on 581, a Games record. She beat Scotland’s favourite Jennifer McIntosh to take the gold in the final shoot-out.

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Fully focused: Harshul Measuria gets the measure of the pommel horse during the gymnastic team event

The men’s Olympic Trap saw both Neil Parsons and David ‘Wilfy’ Walton unable to reproduce recent and past form. Parsons, 45, the Laxey fencing contractor who took third in the British championship just prior to the Games, ended day one in 16th with 44 ex 50 while Melbourne team bronze medallist Walton, 46, was just a point and a place behind.

They levelled pegged with each other on day two with 75 clays on offer, both scoring 63, that left them on 107 and 106 (14th and 16th respectively) but considerably behind top qualifier Michael Diamond (Australia) 119 ex 125. The gold, however, went to Adam Vella (Australia) who beat Aaron Heading (England) 11/9 in the final.

Using the event as preparation for the women’s 50m small-bore prone individual and the 50m small-bore 3 position individual events, Rachel Glover finished 23rd out of 26 entrants in the women’s 10m air rifle competition, scoring 398.0 (99.7, 100.9, 96.8, 100.6)

Team-mate Gemma Kermode, 29, carded 393.5 (95.3, 100.6, 99.2, 94.4) to finish 25th. The gold was won by India’s Apurvi Chandela with 415.6 (105.1, 103.5, 101.8, 105.2).

Bernice McGreal lost all five of her group matches in the women’s lawn green bowls singles competition.

Taking over the bowls mantle from Pauline Kelly and Maureen Payne, who competed in the women’s doubles in Manchester and Melbourne, Bernice got little change out of the superb facility.

She went down 21/10 against 2010 bronze medallist Kelsey Cottrell (Australia) in her opening match and then struggled to improve against Guernsey 21/10, Wales 21/10, Scotland 21/8 and finally Zambia 21/12. Bernice, 57, had built up a solid reputation on the lawn green rinks at home and internationally.

She represented the IoM at two European championships and was on form at the World Cup in Australia earlier in the year where she took a number of matches to a tie-break, including one with former Commonwealth silver medallist Val Smith (NZ).

Bernice qualified for the team through her performance at the Champion of Champions event in Cyprus where she defeated the national champions of Australia, Scotland and Cyprus, to name a few.

In the run up to the Games, Bernice travelled to Singapore, Tenerife and the Netherlands for competition. At the Dutch Invitational Open, she was part of the IoM rink that defeated the host nation on their home green.

Born in Wales, Bernice moved to the Isle of Man in 1988 with husband Clive, who managed her in Scotland.

A former judo competitor, Bernice once reached the semi-final of the British championship.

The gold medal went to New Zealand’s Jo Edwards who won the women’s pairs gold in 2002, but not before she and her team-mate were held to a great draw by Manx pair Maureen Payne and Pauline Kelly.

Reagan Dee, 19, a Loughborough University student, was unable to match her best height but equalled her season best in the high jump.

The first Manx woman athlete to compete in a field discipline, Reagan cleared 1.61 and 1.71 at the first attempt – the latter her 2014 best - but failed at three attempts to get over 1.76, her PB.

2014 badminton
Up for it: Ben Li smashes the shuttlecock back at the Singaporean opposition during a first round mixed doubles match with recently married Kim Hobdell (nee Clague)

Four years on from the major disappointment of not being able to compete as a gymnast due to an Alterior Cruciate ligament injury sustained during training in Delhi, Olivia Curran’s return to the Commonwealth stage took place on a grim evening at the athletics stadium.

Having transformed herself into a pole-vaulter, the plucky Olivia, 23, faced not only the challenge of the competition itself, but the indescribably bad conditions, with torrential rain making one of field athletics’ most testing disciplines even harder to accomplish.

On the penultimate day of the Games, Scotland’s weather ultimately decided to show it’s true colours and it pelted down to such effect that officials allowed competitors time to get used to the conditions.

Competing against her coach, Scotland’s GB international Hen Paxton, Olivia, now recovered from the ankle injury, had been buoyed by setting a new PB of 4.05m on the way to Glasgow.

However, Olivia, like all the others in the competition, never approached her best and she was one of six in the entry of 10 who were unable to clear the opening height of 3.80.

Of the four that did, two tied to claim a bronze medal each while the gold went to Australia’s Alana Boyd, who cleared a remarkable 4.50m.

With just two years’ experienced at the discipline, Olivia said: ‘It was carnage. I’ve competed in rain before but nothing could compare with that.’

She even had the pole slip from her hands during an attempt and was allowed another go.

But upbeat and not overawed or put off by the experience, she vowed: ‘This is just the beginning for me.’

There was massive Manx support in the stadium for Keith Gerrard, the Island’s first male Games track athlete since 1998 and the first long distance specialist since marathon men Steve Kelly and Dave Newton in 1978, when he ran the 10000m.

Robbed of the opportunity to run against Mo Farrah, who withdrew due to illness, Gerrard still had to contend with a top class field but was well below his best time after being hampered by injury for a considerable time.

He came home 22nd behind the rapid finishing Moses Kipsiro of Uganda, who won a tense three-way battle for the gold medal in 27.56.11 to retain the title he won in Delhi.

The Peel man, 28, who was forced to miss Delhi due to commitments with his American university team, and twice English cross-country champion, kept pace with Kenyans, Ugandans, Canadians and Antipodeans for the first 3,600m but eventually had to ease back as the pace continued to rise and he was lapped near the end of the race, clocking 29.46.85.

The only previous attempt at this distance was Dave Cowell’s run at the 1974 Games in Chrischurch, when he ran 30.05.4

A disappointed Gerrard, who didn’t go in the earlier 5000m, said: ‘I don’t want to make excuses, but I’ve been hampered by injury for some months and it was a late decision to race.’

In an interview with the BBC Sport he commented: ‘If I am honest I feel a little bit humiliated. I got found out. I'm proud to have taken part. It is pretty special really.

‘I am not the first athlete to have arrived here with an injury sob story, but I didn't put a week of running together from December until the end of April. I missed the best part of a year and tried to fit it all into 11 weeks.

‘It is a shame because I am better than that and I wanted to show everyone. That's sport I guess - some days are dust and some are diamond. That was a tough one.

‘I just need some time to reflect and then start to glue myself back together. My fitness and my dignity. ‘Hopefully in four years' time I will come back and improve on that.’

Having torn an Achilles tendon several months prior to the Games, Harriet Pryke was always going to struggle in the 400 metres on the opening day of the athletics programme.

The 24-year-old Manx Harrier was determined to make the Glasgow, however, having narrowly missed out on selection for Delhi. She was the first Manx female competitor to take to the track since sprinter Daana Myhill (nee Callow) in 1994.

Clearly not in the shape she wanted to be, Harriet finished more than two seconds away from her personal best on a dark and dismal afternoon.

Running in lane seven, she was lying third at start of the home straight bend but faded to sixth at the line in a time of 56.15.

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Bar trouble: Reagan Dee goes out of the high jump competition

The women’s gymnastics team, the first to compete in the Games for the IoM, were a joy to behold, their enthusiasm clearly outdoing any nerves they had.

They were a remarkable tenth of the 14 teams with Grace Harrison securing a place in the individual all round final with 47.132 points. Tara Donnelly, 15, a Ballakermeen HS pupil, just missed out on joining her, finishing 25th on 46.516.

There was solid back-up from Nicole Burns, 16, also at Ballakermeen, 44.832 (30th), and Kaitlin Kneen, 16, a student at St Ninian’s HS, 44.465 (31st).

England took the gold with 167.555 while the IoM’s 139.480 saw them finish one point behind Northern Ireland but ahead of India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Malta.

Happy, confident and vibrant, Grace Harrison, 19, did herself and the Island proud with a wonderful display in the women’s all-round individual final – yet another Games first for Team Isle of Man.

Before a packed arena and watched at times by probably millions on television, she never looked less than a future winner as she took on 23 of the best gymnasts in the Commonwealth.

Grace started gymnastics at two and began competing at six. She took a gap year to train for the Games before taking up a place at Loughborough University to study Sport and Exercise Science.

Ably assisted by Russian coaches Gennady Tsyganov and Valery Molchano with team physio Ruth Cooil ever in attendance to care for her physical needs, Grace strode the stage assuredly.

With plenty of solid experience and success behind her in Northern European and British championship events as well as a haul of golds and silvers from the Island Games, she deserved her success, a hard-won evening in the spotlight.

While there was a minor disaster on the beam when she slipped off, she more than made up for it on the vault, floor and uneven bars.

The young woman who was an extra in the Lassie film made in the Island and who was invited to London for an audition for The Apprentice show, which she had to turn down because it clashed with a competition, scored 12.00 on the floor, 13.33 for the vault, 11.53 uneven bars and 10.333 for the beam – 47.599 points and enough for 21st place. Remarkable.

And she had a message for those who encouraged her throughout the competitions: ‘You’re the best supporters ever. Thank you all so much for all of your shouting and encouragement over the last couple of days.’

The winner, on 51.132 was England’s Claudia Fragapane, 16, who collected four golds during the Games.

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Big and bold: Rule changes allowed Krystian Borucki to compete in Edinburgh, but his Games ended with a technical KO in the first round of his heavyweight contest

Just one big punch took care of the Manx team’s affable Krystian Borucki, 35, in the heavyweight boxing competition. Nigeria’s Efetobor Apochi, 26, a university graduate, landed an over the top right on the side of Borucki’s head and the Polish-born giant was down, two-and-a-half minutes into the first round.

Borucki, the oldest man in the whole boxing entry at 35, picked himself up part way into the count, but the referee – ironically fellow Pole - decided he was not fit to carry on. It was Borucki’s first such stoppage in 170 bouts.

The Palace Hotel and Casino security manager looked bemused at the decision, but was quickly resigned to his fate, receiving a consoling hug from manager and trainer John Cain.

Having moved up from light-heavyweight, Borucki was able to go for a Games place after the upper age competition limit was increased to 40.

After losing on points to the eventual gold medal winner in Delhi four years ago, Borucki thought his career was over, but he came back to the ring earlier in the year and won the NW England title before losing on points in the ABA semi-final to Warren Baister, who was fighting in the same division for England.

There was disappointment for Andy Nash in the triathlon on the opening day of competition.

In searing temperatures of 28C and, critically, a water temperature of 22C (4C warmer than the previous day), the swim for the event at the scenic Strathclyde Park, close to Glasgow, was declared non-wet suit.

Having only swum one such event without a wetsuit before - the 2013 NatWest Island Games in Bermuda – Nash, a lifeguard at the National Sports Centre, was in a certain degree of apprehension before the start of the 1500-metre open lake swim.

But he coped well and exited the water 33rd of the 46 competitors in a time of 23.16 after swimming much of the way with Keith Galea of Malta.

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Road to recovery: Mark Cavendish was ruled out of the Games after he crashed heavily at the end of the first stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate
Conference with Cav: an injured Mark Cavendish offered support and advice from his London home to the cyclists via his phone. He made it to the road race where he acted as director sportive

Nash and Gibraltarian Andrew Gordon dropped early companion Swaleh Balala of Kenya and initially worked together quite well on the cycling section.

But Gordon was unable to come through to offer support in what at times were breezy conditions and Nash ended up doing most of the work on his own.

To make matters worse the handlebars came loose on his bike and he later admitted that it became quite dangerous to continue, although he was determined at this stage to complete the 20km cycle section and therefore attempt the full distance of the event.

Nearing the end of their penultimate lap, however, the organisers stepped in and pulled Nash and his riding companion out of the race as it was estimated that they would be caught before the end of the cycle.

His manager, veteran of four previous Games, Graham Stigant, had spent time and energy trying to ensure this possibility was eliminated. Said Graham: ‘Andrew was not disqualified but was removed from the race by the race referee with a good minute to spare before a possible “catch”, which was a bit over zealous. The bike course and run course used the same bit of road for part of each.

‘For this reason if Andrew did not go out on his fifth lap before the Brownlees started their run, there was a danger of an overlap. (The race incidents report in the results book says “lapped on 5th”. This is not correct.

‘If it were so he would have a split for lap four and he would not be pulled on the fifth anyway.

‘The situation was known about before the race started and the organisers had increased the cycle lap length to try to get as many competitors through as possible. Having said that out of 45 starters only 27 finished.

‘At a post event meeting of the International Triathlon Union the situation was brought up and all the federation delegates said that it was not acceptable and that it should not happen at any future games in order to encourage the smaller nations to take part.’

There was a brave showing by the pairing of Kim Hobdell (nee Clague) and Cristen Marritt (nee Callow) in the women’s doubles.

With the benefit of Delhi behind them but lacking the edge provided by the team competition, they had to fight hard for 45 minutes in the first round to overcome Jamaica’s Geordine Henry and Ruth Williams 21/12, 21/15.

Their progress was halted in next round, however, when their bid for a quarter-final berth ultimately faltered against the might of number one seeds Shinta Sari and Lee Yari, the Singaporeans winning 21/13, 21/11.

But the Manxies, both 25, gave an excellent account of themselves and they were able to hold their heads high after a great display.

Cristen remarked: ‘At one point they looked a little worried. We made the rallies long and we just wanted to stay on court for as long as possible to show how well we could play as a pair.’

Kim was also happy with the way they played: ‘I’m happy we managed to give them a good game. We fought hard and I enjoyed every minute of it.’

In the women’s singles, Cristen, ranked 38 in England and a quarter-finalist in the English National Championships, beat Nicola Chan Lam (Mauritius) 21/5, 21/18, the pair being no strangers to each other.

Despite representing an Indian Ocean island, Nicola attends university in Sheffield, just down the road from where Cristen lives in Sheffield and they have played against each other on a number of occasions.

In the second round, the last 32, newly-married Cristen, a sports coach and at the time of the competition ranked 11 by Badminton England at mixed doubles with new husband, Alex, lost 21/14, 21/11 to New Zealand number eight seed Anna Rankin.

Kim, a tax adviser living and working in Nottingham, lost another hard first round match 21/15, 14/21, 21/13 to Elena Johnson (Guernsey), a regular Island Games opponent. She, too, married ahead of the Games.

In the men's singles, Ben, 21, who finished a maths degree just prior to the Games, lost in the first round to the number five seed from India, Gurusaldutt Venkata, 21/5, 21/12.

In the mixed doubles first round, Ben Li and Hobdell were beaten 21/8, 21/11 by Terry Hee and Ming Fu (Singapore).

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Powerful performer: Alex Hedges didn’t make the individual all-round final this time round, but gave a good account of himself

Top marks for Tartan Trilbies

■ Prince William, his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were seen sporting Team Isle of Man loom bands during visits to the Games. They were made by the grandaughter of the president of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association. She had made them for the Manx athletes to wear, and also presented some to the royals. The Island's athletes were the first to wear them in the village and quickly started a craze.

■ Cyclist Jonny Bellis did not contest the track races. A reoccurrence of a knee injury he suffered in the winter meant that he was unable to attain the speed required on the track and subsequently he was not selected for either the 40km points or 20km scratch races at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

'Unfortunately my Commonwealth Games has been forced to end early because of an ongoing knee injury,' tweeted Jonny. 'I'm really disappointed. I feel like I've let so many people down; but it is out of my control. The plan is to get 100 per cent fit again and move on to the next target.'

■ Manx resident and retired businessman Bill Chacksfield sailed his yacht Nexus from Douglas to join in the Commonwealth Games flotilla. The event on the River Clyde marked the opening of the Games. Nexus was one of 11 vessels to be featured on a special website where it was possible to track its progress. Bill's crew was husband and wife team David Gillies and Christine Tautari, and Ruth Lea from Orkney.

While teams revelled in the party spirit as they entered the Celtic Park stadium at the opening ceremony, the Guardian newspaper panned the entertainment as ‘oddly lacklustre and unfocused’. The writer felt the producer, David Zolkwer ‘was striving to recreate some of the affecting oddities of Danny Boyle's London ceremony with its flocks of sheep and dancing nurses, but without the over-arching narrative of a nation having a conversation with itself about who it is, what it values and what place it might have in the modern world.’

Members of the Manx team thought their bit of the show was amazing . . . high-jumper Reagan Dee: ‘If that doesn’t fill you up with pride then I don’t know what will.’ Grace Harrison, gymnast: ‘Last night was incredible. The feeling walking into the stadium with Team Isle of Man will be one I will never forget.’ The tartan trilbies worn by the team were voted one of the best bits of the ceremony by The Guardian.

■ While the Manx team were assembling in Glasgow, Mark Cavendish, victim of an opening day crash in the Tour de France, was racing to get back to fitness using a home trainer. He also used the hyperbaric chamber in Douglas to help aid his recovery. Later he attended a big function in France where the new sponsor for his Belgian team was announced. He also managed to ride in a team car for one of the stages of the Tour. He kept in touch with his team-mates via Twitter and was seen giving them a talk on tactics ahead of the 40km points race. Mark, with a keen eye on fashion, also designed the race clothing worn by the cycling squad, although the black jerseys made it difficult at times to the real All Blacks, the New Zealanders.

■ There were birthday cakes for general team manager Trevor Taubman and clays marksman Neil Parsons, the latter based with his team-mates and the rest of the shooting competitors at Carnoustie, the world famous golf course and hotel near Dundee. Hardworking physiotherapist Ruth Cooil, attending her third Games, was also birthday girl and enjoyed the well-wishing and fuss made by the whole team.

■ The Island’s sports minister, Tim Crookall, was a welcome visitor to the team’s HQ prior to the opening ceremony. He was in Glasgow for a sports conference. He also returned and watched Keith Gerrard run in the 10000m.

■ Good luck messages, written by schoolchildren, fell from the heavens at the opening ceremony. ‘Good luck, try your best, don’t give up’, read the one picked up by cyclist Laura Wasley, who remarked: ‘Wise words, Joshua (the writer).’

■ Team captain Alex Hedges limbered up for the artistic gymnastics and Laura Wasley the cycling, by lunching with the Queen.

■ Team medical officer Frank Vaughan Twittered on the opening day of the Games: ‘Nearly knocked over Brad Wiggins at breakfast, walked in on D Cameron, had chat with Queen and Duke – and it’s only lunchtime’

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Party pack: a closing ceremony pose for the photographer

■ Right at the heart of the organising team for the ‘friendly games’ was Manx-born Alexa Wood. The 30-year-old, was a venue technology manager for the Glasgow 2014 organising team. Her family are from Castletown and she attended Ballasalla Primary School and King William’s College. Alexa’s passion for sport started as a child. She sailed with the Isle of Man Yacht Club and played hockey for the Saracens and Phoenix clubs, and represented the Isle of Man at under-21 mixed team level.

Following completion of her A-levels at KWC she went to Edinburgh University and graduated in 2006 with a BSc in biology and psychology. After returning to the Island to work as a instructor at the 7th Wave Sailing Activities Centre in Port Erin, Alexa worked for NHS Isle of Man in psychology services. Her passion for sport took her to France where she landed a job in the ski industry and this was followed by a move to New Zealand to work at ski resorts there.

This proved to be a catalyst to her career in event management as she worked at the 100% Pure NZ Winter Games, Challenge Wanaka Ironman triathlon event, Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow, the Southland Stags ITM Rugby team and the Super 15 Highlanders Rugby team. Her career in New Zealand culminated with working on the Rugby Union World Cup in 2011 in a venue operations role which involved helping to manage a stadium used for the early rounds of the tournament.

After being inspired by the London 2012 Olympics she thought it was the ideal time to return to the Britain. At the Games she was based at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) which hosted seven sports. Her job involved managing the planning, designing and building of all of the technological infrastructure required. This included organising contractors to install wi-fi and broadband and all of the related computing, cabling and distribution points required by all the media to send reports around the world.

Alexa and her colleagues were also responsible for making sure that all of the technology used by competitors, team support staff, Games organisers and administrators and spectators was installed on time. This ranged from ticket systems to big screens around Games venues displaying live action and the latest results. An iphone application enabled enabled users to keep track of the performances of the Manx team, some of whom attended a workshop ahead of the Games on getting the most out of social media.


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Manx meeeeeeow: Boxing manager and coach John Cain makes friends with a rumpy, one of several made and presented to the team by pupils at QEII school


Women’s high jump, gold: Eleanor Patterson (New Zealand) 1.94m
Reagan Dee – 1.71m (did not qualify for final, eq 18th)
Women’s 400m, gold: Stephanie McPherson (Jamaica) 50.67
Harriet Pryke – 56.15 in heat (6/8), did not qualify for final
Women’s pole vault, gold: Alan Boyd (Australia) 4.50
Olivia Curran – No mark
Men's 10000m, Moses Kipsiro (Uganda) 27.56.11
Keith Gerrard – 29.46.85 (22/26)

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Smash hit: Ben Li in action during the first round of the men’s singles


Men’s individual time trial (38.4km), gold: Alex Dowsett (England) 47.42
Mark Christian – 50.50.54 at 3.09 (11/56)
Andrew Roche – 52.33.61 at 4.52 (15/56)
Joe Kelly - DNS
Women’s individual time trial (30km), gold: Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) 42.25.46
Anna Christian - 45.48.65 at 3.23 (14/31)
Laura Wasley - 50.01.14 at 7.42 (26/31)
Men's mountain bike, gold: Anton Cooper (New Zealand) 1.38.26
Elliot Baxter –1.53.06 at 14.40 (17/33)
20km scratch race, gold: Shane Archibold (New Zealand)
Mark Christian – 4/24
Joe Kelly – 5/24 at one lap
Peter Kennaugh – 13/24 at one lap
40km points, gold: 1, Thomas Scully (New Zealand) 98 points; 2, Peter Kennaugh (IoM) 84pts; 3, Aaron Gate (New Zealand) 82 pts
Mark Christian – Dsq
Joe Kelly – Dsq
Men’s road race (105 miles), gold: Geraint Thomas (Wales)
Peter Kennaugh – 8/130 at 5.15
Jake Kelly – DNF
Joe Kelly – DNF
Elliot Baxter – DNF
Andrew Roche – DNF
Mark Christian – DNF
Women’ road race, gold: Lizzie Armistead (England)
Anna Christian – 18/63 at 5.29
Laura Wasley – DNF


Triathlon, gold: Alistair Brownlee in 1.48.50 - swim: 18.34, bike: 59.07, run: 31.09
Andrew Nash – withdrawn by organisers


Men's 91kg heavyweight, gold: Samir-el-Mais (Canada)
Krystian Borucki – lost to Efetobor Apochi (Nigeria), TKO, rsf first round


Men’s singles, gold: Kashyap Parupalli (India)
Ben Li – lost 21/5. 21/12 to Gurusaldutt Venkata (India) first round
Women’s singles, gold: Michelle Li (Canada)
Cristen Marritt – beat Nicola Cham Lam (Mauritius) 21/5, 21/18 first round, lost 21/14, 21/11 to Anna Rankin (New Zealand) second round
Kim Hobdell lost 21/15, 14/21, 21/13 to Elena Johnson (Guernsey) first round
Women’s doubles, gold: Vivian Kim Hoo and Khe Wei Woon (Malaysia)
Kim Hobdell and Cristen Marritt beat Geordine Henry and Ruth Williams (Jamaica) 21/12, 21/15 first round, lost 21/13, 21/11 to Shinta Sari and Lee Yari (Singapore) second round
Mixed Doubles, gold: Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Addcock (England)
Ben Li and Kim Hobdell lost 21/8, 21/11to Terry Hee and Ming Fu (Singapore) first round

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Keen girl: Laura Kinley made semi-finals and broke several Manx records in the pool

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Poetry in motion: Anand Patel flying high in the floor exercise discipline


Men's 400m freestyle, gold: Ryan Cochrane (Canada) 3.43.46
Alex Bregazzi - 4.12.59 (24/28)
100m backstroke, gold: Chris Walker Hebbon (England) 53.12
Grant Halsall - 57.82 in heat, 56.78 in semi-final (8/8, 14th overall)
200m breaststroke, gold: Ross Murdoch (Scotland) 2.07.30
Guy Davies - 2.19.72 (12/21)
200m freestyle, gold: Thomas Fraser-Holmes (Australia) 1.45.08
Alex Bregazzi - 1.56.49 (24/27)
100m breaststroke, gold: Adam Peaty (England) 58.94
Guy Davies - 65.92 (20/34)
200m butterfly, gold: Chad le Clos (South Africa) 1.55.07
Alex Bregazzi - 2.15.42 (15/15)
50m backstroke, gold: BenTreffers (Australia) 24.67
Grant Halsall - 26.51 in heat, 26.72 in semi-final (7/8, 14th overall)
100m freestyle, gold: James Magnusson (Australia) 48.11
Alex Bregazzi - 54.00 (33/63)
Tom Bielich - 54.01 (34/63)
50m breaststroke, gold: Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa) 26.76
Guy Davies - 30.28 (23/27)

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Magnificent seven swimmers: (left to right) Guy Davies, Alex Bregazzi, Charlotte Atkinson, Laura Kinley, Niamh Robinson, Grant Halsall aand Tom Bielch

100m butterfly, gold: Chad le Clos (South Africa) 51.29
Grant Halsall - 54.00 in heat, 54.15 in semi-final (7/8, 13th overall)
Alex Bregazzi – 59.69 (26/37)
200m backstroke, gold: Mitch Larkin (Australia) 1.55.83
Grant Halsall - 2.05.30 (10/17)
50m freestyle, gold: Ben Proud (England) 21.92
Tom Bielich - 24.51 (34/68)
Alex Bregazzi - 25.08 (38/68)
4 x 100m freestyle relay, , gold: Australia 3.13.44
IoM - Grant Halsall, Tom Bielich, Guy Davies, Alex Bregazzi) 3.37.31 (12/13)
4 x 200m freestyle relay, gold: Australia 7.07.38
IoM - Grant Halsall, Tom Bielich, Guy Davies, Alex Bregazzi) 8.06.38 (10/10)
4 x 100m medley relay, gold: England 3.31.51
IoM –Grant Halsall, Tom Bielich, Guy Davies, Alex Bregazzi 3.58.66 (12/14)
Women's 50m freestyle, gold: Fran Halsall (England) 23.96
Laura Kinley - 27.34 (25/57)
50m breaststroke, gold: Leiston Pickett (Australia) 30.59
Laura Kinley - 31.97 in heat, 32.05 in semi-final (6/8, 11th overall)
Niamh Robinson - 33.28 in heat, 33.38 in semi-final (7/8, 15th overall)
100m butterfly, gold: Katherine Savard (Canada) 57.40
Charlotte Atkinson - 59.80 in heat, 60.12 in semi-final (6/8, 11th overall)
200m breaststroke, gold: Taylor McKeown (Australia) 2.22.36
Laura Kinley - 2.36.25 (14/25)
Niamh Robinson - 2.40.00 (19/25)
50m butterfly, gold: Fran Halsall (England) 25.20
Charlotte Atkinson - 27.63 (17/47)
Niamh Robinson - 29.30 (27/47)

100m freestyle, gold: Cate Campbell (Australia) 52.68
Charlotte Atkinson - 58.82 (23/45)
100m breaststroke, gold: Sophie Taylor (England) 66.35
Laura Kinley - 70.90 in heat, 70.99 in semi-final (8/8, 16th overall)
Niamh Robinson – 75.74 (26/38)
200m Individual Medley, gold: Siobhan O’Connor (England) 2.08.21
Niamh Robinson - 2.23.75 (18/24)
50m backstroke, gold: Georgia Davies (Wales) 27.56
Niamh Robinson - 31.03 in heat, semi-final 31.30 (8/8)
200m butterfly, gold: Audrey Lacroix (Canada) 2.07.61
Charlotte Atkinson - 2.16.64 (16/23)

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Mad hatters: Reagan Dee and Harriet Pryke wearing the Manx tartan trilby hats that proved very popular

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Pool resources: Olympic champion Chad le Clos of South Africa with Manx starlets Charlotte Atkinson (left) and Laura Kinley


Flying: Peter Kennaugh in full flow during the 40km points race in which he took the silver medal


Women’s singles, gold: Jo Edwards (New Zealand)
Bernice McGreal – lost 21/10 to Australia, 21/10 to Guernsey, 21/10, Wales 21/10, Scotland 21/8 and Zambia 21/12 group stage (6/6)


Men’s team, gold: England (Louis Smith,Max Whitlock, Kristian Thomas and Sam Oldham) 266.804
IoM – 209.253 (11/11) Alex Hedges 73.898 (25/32 individual), Harshul Measuria 69.090 (28/32), Anad Patel 64.365 (30/32), Mukunda Measuria 61.432 (32/32)
Women’s team, gold: England (Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harold and Hannah Whelan) 167.555
IoM – 139.480(10/14) Grace Harrison 47.132 (22/40 individual), Tara Donnelly 46.516 (25/40), Nicole Burns 44.832 (30/40), Kaitlin Kneen 44.465 (31/40)
Individual all-round, gold: Claudia Fragapane (England) 51.132
Grace Harrison – 47.599 (21/24) floor 12.600, vault, 13.133, uneven bars 11.533, beam 10.333


Men’s Skeet individual, gold: Georgios Achilleos (Cyprus) 122 ex 25, beat Drew Christie (Scot) 14-6 in final
David Clague – 111 (16/27) 22-22-24-23-20
James Bradley – 102 (21/27) 19-21-22-18-22
Double Trap individual, gold: Steve Scott (England) 132 in qualification beat Matthew French (England) 132 in qualification 30-29 in final
Jake Keeling – 124 (9/18) 25-24-28-24-23
Tim Kneale - 120 (12/18) 24-21-26-26-23
Men’s 50m small bore prone individual, gold: Warren Potent (Australia) 624.5 in qualification, 204.3 in final
Harry Creevy - 614 (16/36) 101.2-102.5-101.7-101.7-101.9-10.1
Ben Kelly – 604.5 (26/36) 98.7, 101.9, 99.1, 102.3, 103.3, 99.2
Women’s 50m small-bore prone individual, gold: Sally Johnston (New Zealand) 620.7 (102.6, 102.4, 103.4, 104.4, 104.4, 103.5)
Rachel Glover – 608.5 (17/29) 101.7, 103.6, 99.0, 101.0, 102.5, 100.7
Lara Ward - 606.1 (19/25) 101.0, 102.0, 98.1, 102.9, 100.9, 101.2
Women’s 50m small-bore 3 position individual, gold: Jasmine Ser (Singapore) 581 in qualification beat Jen McIntosh (Scotland) in final
Gemma Kermode – 554 (18/23) kneel: 92-93 – 185; prone: 98-97 – 195; stand: 86-88-174
Rachel Glover – 548 (20/23) kneel: 94-94-188; prone: 99-96-195; stand: 79-86-165
Men’s Olympic Trap individual, gold: Adam Vella (Australia) 114 ex 125 in qualification beat Aaron Heading (England) 11/9 in final
Neil Parsons - 107 (14/36) 23-21-23-20-20
David Walton – 106 (16/36) 21-22-23-22-18
Women’s 10m air rifle individual, gold: Apurvi Chandela 415.6 ex 400
Rachel Glover – 398 (23/26) 99.7, 100.9, 96.8, 100.6
Gemma Kermode – 393.5 (25/26) 95.3, 100.6, 99.2, 98.4

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Rain pain: Olivia Curran tries to keep dry during the pole vault competition
Inset Curran: Under the weather