Lewis swimmer Isla Budge took her place on the medallists’ podium in Gibraltar yesterday evening (Wednesday July 10th), with the fourth medal of the NatWest Island Games for the Western Isles.
With a bronze medal for her powerful race in the women’s 400m freestyle, she joined fellow swimmer Kara Hanlon, who almost immediately topped off her total with a third gold medal, this time in the women’s 100m breaststroke – Mairi Maclennan was 5th in the same race with a new PB.
Swimmers are back in action today (Thursday July 11th) with Kara already qualifying this morning for tonight’s 100m individual medley final, Kara and Isla both in the final of the women’s 100m freestyle and both girls to be joined by Mairi Maclennan and Katie Murray in the 4x100m medley relay.
Kara Hanlon now has three golds and a silver medal to her credit in these games and has taken three games records, beating her own 2015 record in the 200m and 50m breaststroke, and setting a new 100m breaststroke record.
With plenty of action still to come on the track, in the pool and in spectacular settings around the Rock of Gibraltar, the Western Isles is currently sitting 12th in the medal table, just below Menorca and one place above the Shetland Islands.
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The picture shows swimmers Kara Hanlon, Isla Budge and Mairi Maclennan at Isla’s bronze medal presentation last night.