Wednesday, July 8, 2009

very much misunderestimated

After bottling up the commentatorisms all week its time to let them out......."Its clear this team's chances were completely misunderestimated. They have gold medaled and podiumed more frequently then expected and have left the WHA as the most winningest squad"

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fantastic Friday

We'll start with about the only negative result of the day, the 4x100M boys had a bit of a dodgy final changeover and were disqualified.

The 4x400 girls ran an impressive 4:10 for 4th not bad for a team that (apart from Kylie I think) all have PBs way outside 62 seconds for the 4 flat and an average age of about 17.

Next up, with probably the performance of the championships were the 4x4 boys. We knew the target was the ludicrously ambitious 3:13.6 Commonwealth standard. Hywel and Matt got things off to a fine start with legs of about 50.5 each to get the baton to Tom in the lead - Tom extended it out with a flying leg of 46-ish and the baton was with Dale. One lap remaining-2:27. I think all the stand were setting themselves for disappointment but the boy was flying - a 45 ish, yes forty five ish leg got the boys across the line below the target, 3:12.38 and a games record by 5 seconds.

Mezza's 1500M was a masterclass in front running, splintering the field with 3:49. The increasingly excitable Ingy lost it with "..this is what 4 minute miling looks like...." and Garlando picked up the pieces, and about 6 places in the last 600M, with a well paced bronze in 4:02.

10 minutes later Steve was jogging into the stadium for silver in the half, Ronan 13th.

Expectations were that Turi Malme of Hitra would enter as leading woman but that the figure of Martine we see behind the trees......."Middle aged housewife takes Gold". A justifiably tired Lou in bronze, & team Gold.

Whilst all this was going on Ross and Jonny were toiling away in the Triple, 11th & 12th. Methinks we're going to see a bit more of the boy Hanley.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thursday Evening - Results Update

Triple Jump:
7th Caroline Kyle, 10.11m
9th Kristy Grant 9.90m

200m Final:
4th Kylie Robilliard 25.55

100m Final:
6th Glenn Etherington 11.00

400m Final:
1st Tom Druce 47.00
5th Hywel Robinson 50.54

Thursday Morning

Sarah ran well for 3rd in her heat of the 800m, but her 2:22 was not quite fast enough to make tomorrow's final.

Glenn had a tough 100m semi but just about got through to tonight's final with a swift 11.08.

The two Lees went in heat 1 of the 1500m and cruised through to tomorrow's final, both clocking 4:14 in heat 1.

Tom Druce took advantage of favourable conditions to attack the 400m games record in his semi-final. He blasted through the first 300 and almost held on to achieve his goal, but fell just 4 100ths short, with a big PB of 46.74.

Kylie then made her 3rd final of the week, running 25.63 in her 200m semi.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Track Domination!!!!

Guernsey emerged victorious in every track event they competed in this evening (how often does that happen!!) . Granted there were only 3 track events and one of them was a heat but if the Guernsey Cheerleaders can be out with their clackers why can't we have a good crow about it.

Prior to the track events started young Shannen was up in the High Jump, difficult stage for someone training as a 400M runner but she was still within 6cm of her PB.

First up on the track was the Dale Garland enhanced 4 x 400M squad in their heats. Dale got the boys off to a great start with an approx 48.5 split, Matt Bailey extended the lead with a 51.5 approx split and then the baton was with young Ross Hanley, Ross has been bouncing around the hotel this week dying to get out there and all that pent up energy propelled him round the lap in 52.1. By the time Nathan got the baton they were well clear of the Cayman quartet. Comfortable victory with the option of bringing in Tom & Hywel for the final. Don't write off the Caymans yet though.

Marts and Lou were simply brilliant in the womens 5000. After ignoring an ambitious couple of opening laps the Marts led duet slipped through the field and hit the front with an impressive couple of 82 second laps in the middle of the race. Lou had the change of pace but ... tear in eye...."Guernsey was the winner". Gold and silver.

Mezza tracked local star Janne Holmen for much of the 5000M , ran a pretty impressive last 500M, and was simply awesome down the back straight Gold & new games record 14:21.

Fantastic Fives!

Women's 5K result - Lou.... GOLD!, Martine.... SILVER!
Men's Result - Mezza.... GOLD, GAMES RECORD! (14:21), Ronan.... 7th
The 4x4 squad, bolstered by Dale's arrival, cruised through to the final, winning their heat. The women's race will be a straight final.
Tom and Hywell qualified through to the 400m semis, both impressive in this morning's heats.
Glenn and Nathan are through to the 100m semis, both surviving 'loaded' heats.
Kylie's also through to the next stage, but young sprinter Kristy missed out.

Sarah and Marts in the 1500m final

Druce vs Wade

800m Heat

Kylie dominating the Hurdles

Glen flying to Hurdles gold