Sprint and splash golden start

Cayman’s sprinters won gold and silver in the 100 metres on Monday night in Bermuda at the Island Games and there was gold in the swimming pool, too.  

Ameilia Gillispie took gold in the women’s 100m race, while Rhymeich Adolphus won silver in the men’s in Hamilton. 

Gillispie struggled out of the blocks but still had enough to overpower host country favourite Natasha Trott as she crossed the line in 12.28 seconds. 

She said: “Winning gold feels really good. My training has paid off. I had a really bad start. I kind of tripped but I made it and came in first.” 

Gillispie said she was brimming with confidence after sporting the fastest time in the morning heats. “I made 12.31, which was a really fast time.” 

Adolphus ran a 10.63 seconds, which would have been good enough to win most of the previous Island Games 100 metres, but he finished behind Bermuda’s Tre Houston, who set a new Island Games record of 10.34 seconds, breaking his time from the morning at 10.58 seconds. 

“I want to thank the Lord I was able to complete this race,” Aldophus said. “When I was in the blocks I started twitching a little bit, but I came out and ran my face and finished, thank God.” 

Aldophus said the island’s sprinters still have more medals to win over the next few days. 

“We have a lot of talent in the Cayman Islands. We just have to continue working hard and pushing ourselves so we have a lot more to come. You’re going to see the Cayman Islands in action later on.” 

Cayman had earned two golds, three silvers and three bronzes by Monday night.  

Lara Butler won gold in the 400m individual medley in a time of 4 minutes 56.29 seconds, which is a new Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association record.  

She also won bronze in the 200m butterfly in 1:02.30 which was also a new CIASA record.  

Her brother Geoffrey Butler won silver in the 1500m freestyle in 15:46.87, another CIASA record. The men’s relay 4x50m individual medley – consisted of Alex McCallum (backstroke), Shaune Fraser (breaststroke), Brett Fraser (butterfly) and Butler (freestyle). They won bronze in a time of 1:44.62.  

The other Cayman bronze came in shooting on Sunday.  

The women’s golf team was third by Monday night and the men’s team was fourth.  

The women’s beach volleyball team won their third game in a row against Gotland and went on to the playoffs. Both men’s volleyball teams won two and lost one game. One team will go on to the playoff.  

The women’s indoor volleyball team won their game against Gotland and played Bermuda on Tuesday. 

The gymnastics team floor and vault placed seventh.  

In triathlon Kara Donnelly was 12th for the females in a time of 2 hours and 52 minutes and Johan Heath was 31st in the men’s division in 2:16:54. 

Rhymiech Adolphus

Rhymiech Adolphus took silver in the 100 metres.

Lara Butler

Lara Butler won gold, too.

Ameilia Gillispie sprinting

Ameilia Gillispie ran brilliantly to win 100 metre gold. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD