Island games: swimmer Strachan secures record third gold and Harper wins 50m freestyle

Shetland swimmer Andrea Strachan won an unprecedented third gold medal tonight, taking the 100m breaststroke title at the island games in the Isle of Wight. She had broken the games record in her heat earlier today in a time of 1.11.88 and once again beat her own record in the final, swimming the distance in 1.11.70.

And the sensational success of the swimmers continued when Amy Harper added to her silver and bronze medals with a gold of her own in the 50m freestyle in 27.01 and another bronze, this time in the 400m freestyle in a time of 4.23.07.

Felix Gifford continued his strong tournament with another fifth place in the final of the 100m individual medley while Callum MacGregor was fifth in the 100m freestyle.

Coach Petur Petursson described the performances of all the swimmers in the Shetland team as “sensational”. “It’s beyond belief. Everyone has performed to the absolute top of their ability.” At the end of tonight’s session the announcer said Shetland should be particuarly proud of Andrea and Amy.

See this week’s Shetland Times for full coverage of the Shetland team’s performances.


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