Gold rush at Island Games

The NatWest Island Games in Aland, near Finland started over the weekend and the Cayman Islands were immediately amongst the medals.

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Anglin overcame injury. Photo: Ron Shillingford

By the end of Monday’s events they already had three golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

The golds all came in men’s athletics; in 200 metres through Robert Ibeh, Junior Hines in the 400m hurdles and Perry Anglin in the high jump. Hammer thrower Michael Letterlough and high jumper Omar Wright both got silver.

Anglin, 20, is son of boxing coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin. Perry was especially satisfied because he has struggled with injury over the last couple of years.

The men’s tennis team got silver and in the sporting shooting the men’s team took bronze.

The Island Games began in the Isle of Man in 1985 and are held every two years. All competing islands have to have a population smaller than 100,000.

The number of Islands participating has grown substantially, and now 25 are members of the International Island Games Association. NatWest Island Games XIII Åland 2009 will probably be the biggest Games ever, with 3,700 participants. Cayman has 90 athletes competing.

Swimming is expected to be Cayman’s most successful sport.

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