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Commonwealth Youth Games get under way for 16-strong Bermuda team

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Flying the flag: Bermuda team for Commonwealth Youth Games (Photograph supplied)

Bermuda’s athletes have been in action over the first two days of competition at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad & Tobago.

Four of the island’s swimmers took to the pool yesterday, but all fell short of progressing from their respective heats.

Bella Howes finished second in the women’s 50m butterfly, but her time of 29.80sec was not enough to advance, as she placed 25th overall.

In the same discipline, sister Marleigh, was seventh in a time of 29.64, which saw her end up 23rd.

The pair were also in action in the 200 free, with Marleigh thirteenth overall in 2min 12.78sec, a place behind her sister, who was fifth in heat two, clocking 2:12.34.

Brandon Adkins also fell short of progression in the men’s 200 free finishing eighteenth in a time of 1:55.93, while Thomas Cechini 28th in a time of 2:00.74.

The former was also in action in the 100 back, finishing sixteenth overall in 1:01.73

The quartet return to the pool today across various disciplines including the 100 free, 50 breaststroke and backstroke, as well as in the individual medley and mixed freestyle relay.

Yesterday also saw Fenella Wightman finish ninth in the triathlon women’s individual super sprint distance in 36:12 while Jackson Langley saw his time of 31:15 secure him seventh spot in the men’s race.

Fenella Wightman exits the water with Katie Pattie of Team Fiji and Erin Pritchard of Team Bahamas as they compete in the triathlon at the Commonwealth Youth Games at Buccoo Beach Facility in Tobago (Photograph by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/Commonwealth Sport )

Wightman and Langley are back in action tomorrow when they join forces in the mixed team relay, while Daria Desmond and Jamie Bedford make up Bermuda’s other pairing.

Saturday also saw cyclist Annabelle Miller claim a respectable seventh place finish in the women’s individual time-trial.

Annabelle Miller of Team Bermuda competes in the Women's Individual Time Trial Road Cycling on day one of the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games at Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Port of Spain (Photograph by Matt McNulty/Getty Images/Commonwealth Sport)

She returns tomorrow to compete in the road race, while Cameron Morris will also be in action in the men’s time-trial.

Meanwhile, the women’s beach volleyball pair of Natalie Gazzard and Kayley Hamilton go up against the Scottish duo of Iona Bell and Alexandra Clegg-McKeown, in the round of 16.

Gazzard and Hamilton started off with a 2-0 loss to Kenya on Saturday, but bounced back to overcome the host nation 2-0, with scores of 21-13 and 21-9.

Swimmers Adriana Argent, Elanna Fulton and Flynn Watson-Brown, as well as sprinter Denver Tucker complete the island’s contingent.

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Published August 07, 2023 at 7:59 am (Updated August 07, 2023 at 7:59 am)

Commonwealth Youth Games get under way for 16-strong Bermuda team

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