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Tristan Joynes claimed gold in his maiden NatWest Island Games, winning the men’s 110 metres hurdles final at the National Sports Centre.

But despite claiming victory in 14.69 seconds — just four hundredths of a second off the Games record — Joynes was disappointed he didn’t run even quicker.

“It wasn’t quite a good performance for me tonight,” said 21-year-old.

“What you do in practice you expect to do in a race but when you’re in a race anything happens.

“I mean, it was okay, I didn’t like it that I could see the other guy in my periphery but it’s still good to win a gold for Bermuda.”

The hurdles final featured just three competitors with Gotland's Erik Larsson claiming silver in 14.79.

Long jumper Bruce DeGrilla won Bermuda another medal tonight, grabbing bronze in the men’s long jump final with a personal best of 7.32 metres. Brothers Carl and Carlos Morgan of the Cayman Island’s won gold and silver with jumps of 7.46 and 7.45 metres, while Bermuda’s Ethan Philip came fourth (6.37).

DeGrilla admitted his medal-winning performance had exceeded his expectations.

“Actually I didn’t expect to medal and I didn’t expect to PB,” said the 17-year-old.

“I may not sound like I’m excited but inside I’m really excited. The crowd got behind me and really pumped me up.”

In the women’s 5000 metres final, Guernsey’s Sarah Mercier won gold in 17:34.63, Ynys Mon’s Sarah Livett came second in 18:30.17 and Emma Jane Montiel finished third in 18:36.20.

Cayman Island’s Alexander Pascal was victorious in the men’s javelin final with a throw of 70.66 metres. Saaremaa’s Sander Surhaans came second in 62.76 and Rogvi Hojgaard of Faroe Islands placed third in 54.05.

Iolo Hughes of Ynys Mon won the men’s 5000 metres final in 15:34.38, Isle of Man’s Oliver Lockley came second (15:36.11) and Faroe Island’s Marnar Djurhuus finished third in 15:46.70.

Bermuda Stephen Allen crossed the finish line in fourth (15:47.55).

In the women’s long jump final this morning, Bermuda’s Khiandra Pearman-Wilson came fourth with a leap of 1.63 metres.

Saaremaa's Linda Treiel won the event with a new Games record of 1.78 metres.

Also this morning session, Darico Clarke qualified for tomorrow’s men's 400 metres final, finishing third in his heat in a time of 50.56 seconds.

His team-mate Kyree Govia missed out on qualification despite placing third in his heat in 51.19.

Bermuda, who have now won 13 medals in track in field, will look to add to their haul when their athletes compete tomorrow.

The morning session starts at 9am and the afternoon’s at 6pm.

Bermuda's Bruce DeGrilla on his way to winning bronze in the men's long jump at the National Sports Centre.

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Published July 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated July 18, 2013 at 9:23 am)

Hurdler Joynes snares track gold

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