Record-breaking end to Games for swimmers

Niamh Robinson

Niamh Robinson

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The Isle of Man’s swimming team rounded off their Commonwealth Games campaign by adding more island records to their names on Monday and Tuesday.

Niamh Robinson, the youngest member of Team IoM at 14 years old, qualified for the semi-final of the women’s 50-metre backstroke with a new senior island record and personal best of 31.03 seconds on Monday morning at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

And in the evening’s semi she was only marginally slower on her way to finishing 16th overall.

Alex Bregazzi won his morning heat with a massive personal best of 25.08 in the men’s 50m freestyle, but it was not enough to take him through to the semis.

Tom Bielich’s 24.51 was also beneath the cut.

Grant Halsall returned to 200m backstroke to finish fourth in his heat with 2m 05.30s, while Charlotte Atkinson was also out of luck in the women’s 200m butterfly, recording 2:16.64 for 16th overall out of 24.

And the very final swim of the Games for Team IoM certainly didn’t disappoint as, for the 17th time in a week, a new island record was produced.

This time it was in the 4x100m men’s relay team consisting of Halsall, Davies, Bregazzi and Bielich who maintained their perfect record of breaking the relay record in every race in Glasgow during the Games.

Up against the likes of England and Australia, the quartet completed their heat in a time of 3:58.66, smashing the previous best by no fewer than six seconds to round off a memorable week in Glasgow.

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