Island Games 2015: Jersey and Guernsey win first swimming golds

Ian Black
Ian Black swan for Jersey at last summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Jersey's Ian Black has defended his Island Games 100m breaststroke title.

Black, who finished in 1:00.24, beat Faroe Islands' Olympic long-distance swimmer Pal Joensen by over two-and-a-half seconds at Les Quennevais pool.

Guernsey's Tom Hollingsworth won gold in the 50m backstroke and silver in the 200m butterfly to add to the three gold medals he won in 2013.

Hollingsworth was over a second ahead of Jersey's Tom Gallichan and Harry Shalomon who won silver and bronze.

"It's a great time and a great win," Black, who won three gold medals in Bermuda two years ago, told BBC Radio Jersey after the race.

"I'm over the moon, it's something I've been training for every day, so to do that is impressive," Black added.

Jersey added 4x50m medley relay gold as Black, Gallichan, Shaloman and Garth Jackson beat Guernsey into second place as Hollingsworth helped his island to win silver.

Meanwhile Joensen, who has two world silver medals, became the first swimmer at an Island Games to go under 15 minutes for the 1500m as he won in 14:57.73, with Jersey's Cameron Donaldson winning bronze, 41 seconds behind him.

Jersey's Olivia Pollard won silver in the 100m butterfly, as she finished over two seconds behind Isle of Man's Commonwealth Games swimmer Charlotte Atkinson.

In the 200m freestyle Jersey's Gemma Atherley won silver, finishing two-and-a-half seconds ahead of Guernsey's Courtney Butcher, who took bronze.

Butcher added a second bronze later in the night as part of the island's 4x50m freestyle relay team.

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