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Summary

  1. First day of competition in Gotland 2017 Island Games
  2. Clean sweep for Jersey in the triathlon
  3. Guernsey shooters start with a gold
  4. Sark shooters take a bronze
  5. Medieval-themed opening ceremony kicked off the biennial event
  6. Times are all in BST - Gotland is one hour ahead of BST
  7. Updates on Sunday 25 June 2017

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That's it from us today, but we'll be back from 08:00 with more from the Gotland 2017 Island Games.

Island Games 2017: Channel Islands Sunday round up

In non-medal news:

Athletics

  • Women's 100m heat qualifiers are Guernsey's Abigail Gaplin and Victoria Mann
  • Women's 400m semi-finalists; Eleanor Gallagher from Guernsey and Jersey's Cleo Leather and Olivia Allbut
  • Men's 200m heat winners; Jersey's Tyler Johnson and Guernsey's Joshua Allaway
  • Guernsey's Simon Murphy qualified for men's 800m semi-finals

Badminton

  • Guernsey and Jersey both top their group in the team event

Basketball

  • Guernsey beat Froya 62-51

Beach Volleyball

  • The pairing of Bobus and Vieira won their two matches
  • The other men's team and both women's teams lost their one fixture

Football

  • Jersey 3-0 Alderney
  • Guernsey 1-1 Aland

Table Tennis

  • Guernsey lead their group with three convincing wins
  • Jersey sit second after three wins including a 4-3 win over Greenland
  • Alderney lost their three group matches and sit bottom of their group

Tennis

  • Jersey are into the men's team event semi-finals

Medal round up for Channel Islands on Sunday

Jersey

  • Gold - Jo Gorrod, women's Triathlon
  • Gold - women's team Triathlon
  • Gold - Dan Halksworth, men's Triathlon
  • Gold - men's team Triathlon
  • Gold - NSRA 100 yards Prone Rifle women's team
  • Silver - ISSF 10m Air Rifle men's team
  • Bronze - Mel Messervy, women's Triathlon
  • Bronze - ISSF 50m Free Pistol men's team
  • Bronze - Jason Fox, men's High Jump

Guernsey

  • Gold - NSRA 100 yards Prone Rifle men's team
  • Silver - women's team Triathlon
  • Silver - men's team Triathlon
  • Silver - Lee Merrien, men's 10,000m
  • Bronze - ISSF 10m Air Pistol women's team

Sark

  • Bronze - Automatic Ball Trap Team

Silver for Merrien in 10,000m

Guernsey's Lee Merrien finished second in the 10,000m behind Oliver Lockley from the Isle of Man.

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The sporting stars who started at the Island Games

This week 3,000 athletes from small islands around the world are competing in Gotland at the 2017 Island Games.

The event started in the Isle of Man in 1985 with a few hundred competitors but has steadily grown over the years with some of those athletes going on to compete on a much bigger stage.

Island Games stars
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That includes Olympic athletes in a range of sports including:

  • Mark Cavendish MBE (Isle of Man) - cycling
  • Kelly Sotherton (Isle of Wight) - heptathlon and 400m
  • Mattias Sunneborn (Gotland) - long jump and 200m
  • Cydonie Mothersille (Cayman Islands) - 200m
  • Pal Joensen (Faroe Islands) - swimming

Jersey top group in Badminton team event

Solid 5-0 wins over Bermuda and Gibraltar sees Jersey secure a semi-final spot.

Guernsey lead Badminton group after three matches

Another strong performance from the team with a 5-0 victory over undefeated Menorca sees them top Group D and progress to the semi-finals.

Guernsey triathletes now awarded silver rather than bronze

Guernsey's women's triathlon team, who were earlier named in the bronze medal position, have now been given the silver.

Individual positions confirmed as 5th place for Amy Critchlow, 10th for Laura McCarthy and 12th for Magdalena Puzio.

Guernsey lose to Aland in close match

The men's volleyball team lost out to Aland 25-14 25-21 29-27.

They sit at the bottom of the table and will take on the Faroe Islands tomorrow.

Jason Fox takes bronze in high jump final

Jersey's Jason Fox failed in his attempt to retain his high jump title after missing out on the 2m jump. He takes home bronze.

He took two attempts to hit 1.98m and then couldn't hit 2m and so finished in third place.

Jason Fox
BBC

Mixed evening for Jersey beach volleyball sides

It was a mixed result for Jersey's beach volleyball teams this evening with the men's team of Bero Bobus and Ruben Vieira beating Nathan Dack and Casey Santamaria from the Cayman Islands 2-0.

Jersey's womens side of Luisa Jose da Silva Abreu and Karolina Anna Zablocka lost 2-0 to Magda Kralikova and Vanesa Ruiz Bravo of Menorca.

How 'the friendly games' began

The Island Games, often called the friendly games or even the mini-Olympics, started life as a feature of the Isle of Man year of sport in 1985 as the inter-island games.

Isle of Man
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It was supposed to be a one-off sporting event featuring athletes from other small islands. In those first games there were 15 islands and 600 competitors participating in seven sports.

Two years later this supposed one-off event was held again, this time moving to Guernsey where the number of competitors was more than 1,000 and the number of sports was up to nine.

It has grown each year and in Gotland there's an estimated 3,000 athletes from 23 islands competing in 14 sports.

Murphy qualifies for 800m semi-finals

Guernsey's Simon Murphy has qualified for the men's 800m semi-finals finishing his heat in 1.58.90.

Defending champions have to settle for a draw

Jersey beat Alderney 3-0 in men's football group stage

Guernsey win first basketball group game

Guernsey's men have won their first basketball group game against Froya 62-51 at the A7 in Visby.

The win puts them top of their group with Froya in second and Jersey, who don't play their first game until tomorrow in third.

Guernsey's next match is on Tuesday against Jersey.

GOLD: Jersey shooters take rifle top spot

Sarah Campion and Susan De Gruchy consistently scored higher than their competitors to become run away winners in the NSRA 100 yards prone rifle women's team event.

They were 47 points clear of their nearest rivals - a pair from hosts Gotland.

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Guernsey equalise against Aland

Three Channel Islanders through to 400m semi-finals

Eleanor Gallagher from Guernsey beat Jersey's Cleo Leather in their women's 400m heat.

Gallagher finished in 59:55 and Leather ran in 59:79 with both qualifying for tomorrow's semi-finals.

In a separate heat Jersey's Olivia Allbut also qualified after coming second in her heat finishing in 59.79.

Jersey three up against Alderney

Jersey has the most Island Games medal table wins

It's one thing to look at the total number of gold medals won over 16 years, but what about the table toppers? Who actually won the most games?

Medal table stats
BBC

Guernsey came second in the first games but a Channel Island team didn't top the table until 1993 in the Isle of Wight when Jersey won.

That started a run of luck for Jersey who won the next two games in Gibraltar in 1995 and Jersey in 1997, Jersey's next victory was in the Isle of Man in 2001.

Guernsey won their first games in 2003 when they hosted the event and they won again in Shetland in 2005.

Jersey won in Rhodes in 2007, Guernsey in the Isle of Wight in 2011 then at home again in 2015.

The top three performing islands are Jersey who have won the Island Games six times, the Isle of Man with four wins and Guernsey with three.

Men's triathlon one of 'the hardest races'

Guernsey trail 1-0 to Aland in first group match

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey have come back out on to the pitch from what will have been stern words at half time from manager Steve Sharman.

The Greens and defending Island Games champions trail 1-0 to Aland in their first football group stage match.

Football
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Jersey's Duquemin beats his own Island Games record at European championship

Island Games discus record holder, Zane Duquemin came fifth in the discus event at the European Athletics Team Championship.

That is despite throwing 61.23m, which is exactly four metres more than his own Island Games record set in Jersey 2015.

Duquemin isn't at the Gotland games as he is competing for British Athletics at the European team event in Lille.

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Le Quesne doubles Jersey's lead over Alderney

Four Channel Islanders sprinters qualify for semi-finals

Jersey's Tyler Johnson won his 200m heat in style finishing in 22:56.

Guernsey's Joshua Allaway also won his heat with a time of 22:86.

Two Guernsey women are through to the 100m semi finals tomorrow after Abigail Gaplin finished in 13.09 and in a separate heat Victoria Mann finished in 13.67.

What is the Island Games and why is it important?

Jen Smith

BBC Channel Islands

This week thousands of athletes, support staff, family and friends are in the Swedish island of Gotland for the 2017 Island Games.

The event, which is held every other year has been going since 1985 and has been growing steadily to become an important sporting event. In fact in terms of the number of competitors it is likely the biggest multi-sport event of the year.

Football: Aland lead at half time by 'slimmest of margins'

Team medals on a 'challenging course' is a 'great result'

Men's triathlon swimming leg
Guernsey Island Games Association

Guernsey's triathletes have secured two medals - a silver in the men's team event and a bronze in the women's.

It's a great result for both men's and ladies to come away with team medals on a course that was very challenging in places, I'm very pleased for the guys and girls.

Sean MurphyTeam manager

Single point gave Sark shooters third place

Sark's first medal of the Island Games, in the ABT shooting team event, was won by just one point.

Nicholas Dewe and Stefan Roberts took third place position with 157 points - just one point ahead of their Western Isles rivals in fourth.

Sark shooters
BBC

Gibraltar won gold with 166 points, while Menorca took silver with 164.

The team say they're delighted to be on the podium. The medal presentation ceremony will take place in Visby tonight.

With a population of about 500, even one medal for the small island puts them near the top of the table if you base it on medals per head of population.

Clean sweep for Jersey

Jersey have taken all the honours in the Gotland 2017 triathlon.

Jo Gorrod with gold and Mel Messervy with bronze lead the women's team to gold before the men, led home by Dan Halksworth completed the victory.

Dan Halksworth
BBC
Jo Gorrod
BBC

Jersey take an early lead against Alderney

Channel Islands 1-2 in men's team Triathlon

It's Jersey gold and Guernsey silver in the men's team triathlon.

Guernsey beat Orkney without dropping a set

The Sarnians proved too strong for the team from the Orkney Islands in the Badminton team event.

They won all five matches without dropping a game.

Channel Island gold and bronze for team triathlon

Jersey, led home by gold medallist Jo Gorrod, took gold in the women's triathlon team event.

Jo Gorrod
BBC

Guernsey's team of Amy Critchlow, Laura McCarthy and Magdalena Puzio took bronze.

Alderney lose to hosts Gotland

It's not been good news for Alderney in the Table Tennis today having lost all three of their matches today.

The last saw them up against the host island, who took the honours 7-0.

The Channel Islanders are back in action tomorrow from 08:00 against Menorca.

Third victory for Guernsey in Table Tennis

Guernsey have recorded their third victory of the day with a 7-0 win over the Cayman Islands in the team event.

Table Tennis in Gotland 2017: Guernsey v Cayman Islands
Guernsey Table Tennis Association

Sark shooters 'chuffed' with bronze medal place

Sark shooters Nicholas Dewe and Stefan Roberts say they are "chuffed to bits" with their bronze place finish in the team ABT shooting event.

They took Sark's first medal of the games and are both due to compete for individual medals later. Something Roberts says is more than possible.

Sark Shooters
BBC

We're chuffed to bits really, it's been a busy old day, blustery and windy but we've managed to come through and get a nice bronze medal.

Nicholas DeweSark shooter

I'm hoping to be back on the podium again, no reason why not. We're up there now so let's go and do it.

Stefan RobertsSark Shooter

BRONZE: Guernsey pair take bronze in air pistol

Rebecca Margetts and Nikki Trebert have won bronze in the ISSF 10m Air Pistol women's team event.

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