Halsall doubles up on silver in the pool

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JUST 24 hours after securing the Isle of Man’s first ever medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games, Grant Halsall doubled his tally with an excellent swim to secure another silver on Saturday evening.

The 18-year-old Manx swimmer produced another top performance in the men’s 50m backstroke and only just missed out on gold.

After an excellent turn midway through, Halsall looked well placed to challenge for the top prize and was leading until just a few metres to go. However, New Zealand’s Corey Main, who pipped the Manxman to gold in the previous day’s 200m backstroke event, repeated the trick to claim the win in 25.24 seconds to Grant’s 25.32, with Australia’s Robert Gerlach in third.

Elsewhere in the swimming pool, both Laura Kinley and Charlotte Atkinson were in action. The latter claimed sixth in the women’s 200m butterfly and eighth in the women’s 400m freestyle while Kinley finished seventh in the women’s 50m breaststroke final.

All of the swimmers were in action once again this morning (Sunday) and Halsall qualified for yet another final after finishing fourth in the men’s 100m backstroke.

Kinley is currently on standby for the final of the women’s 200m breaststroke after the Manx youngster finished ninth, narrowly outside of the qualification places. However, should any competitiors withdraw from the final Laura is first reserve and could still compete.

Atkinson booked her place in the medal contest for the women’s 400m intervidual medley with another sixth place finish in the preliminary round, although she missed out on the final of the 200m freestyle after finishing 13th.

Tom Bielich, meanwhile, finished 14th in the men’s 50m freestyle prelim so unfortunately missed out on a place in the final.

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