A final day gold rush is on cards

CAYMAN have been caught and passed. Next target the Faroes.

NatWest Island Games 2015. Athletics. 400m final. Picture: JON GUEGAN
Cameron Chalmers holds off the challenge of Jersey’s Sam Dawkins to win the 400 metres, Guernsey’s first individual gold of the track and field competition. (Picture by Jon Guegan, 9418494)

Going into today’s final day of the 16th NatWest Island Games, Guernsey sit fourth in the medals table, just one gold behind the Faroese, but threatening to pack a punch coated in gold on the final day.

Five more arrived yesterday courtesy of new Guernsey track star Cameron Chalmers, the windsurfing team and three in the pool.

But the potential for a glorious finish is enormous – not least a set of golds for Steve Sharman’s football team,who edged out Menorca 2-1 after extra-time at Springfield.

Five days into the track and field programme at FB Field, Guernsey won their first individual title, Chalmers, the heir apparent to Dale Garland and Tom Druce, staving off Jersey hope Sam Dawkins to win the 400m in a new personal best time of 48.03.

‘I came here to win and that’s what I’ve done,’ said the young champion afterwards and, apart from his family, there was nobody happier for him than Garland, who in his twilight years as an athlete is coach to the new star on the one-lap block.

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