Team England’s young athletes continued their strong performance coming away with 14 more medals on the second day of the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.
England’s swimmers enjoyed another successful day in the pool, with Layla Black from Leeds clinching an impressive gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke. In the men’s event, Edward Baxter claimed silver, narrowly missing out on gold to Malaysia’s Fu Kang Wong.
A silver was also won in the pool by England’s Joe Litchfield who, despite a tough men’s 400m individual medley field, managed to finish runner-up. In the women’s race, Tazmin Pugh held on well against strong competition to come home in third.
In the men’s 100m freestyle, Lewis Clough achieved a personal best with a bronze medal. The 4x200m freestyle relay finals saw both England’s men and women’s teams claim silver with the men’s team losing narrowly in an intense duel against the Australians.
There was more success for England’s athletics team, with gold and silver in the women’s high jump going to Niamh Emerson and Ada’ora Chigbo respectively.
In the men's javelin, George Davies, from Knaresborough, finished in the silver medal position just behind India’s Mohd Hadeesh. England’s Sophie Merritt pipped team-mate Divine Oladipo to bronze in the women’s discus throw with Australia claiming both gold and silver in the event.
England’s boxers were in competition on day two with emphatic victories for Ben Whittaker, Brandon Daord and Dalton Smith. The English fighters compete in the semi-finals tomorrow (Wednesday), looking to progress to the final later in the week.
After an extremely strong start to the Commonwealth Youth Games, 15 year old Ruby Hill, from Lincolnshire, finished in fourth place in the lawn bowls women’s singles event, unable to overcome Australia in the semi-final and Malaysia in the bronze medal play-off.
Team-mate Bradley Coles secured a win in his final group game against the Cook Islands and tomorrow (Wed) brings the start of the mixed pairs event where Bradley and Ruby will team up and hope to win gold.
Lawn bowls team leader Ellen Falkner said: “Ruby put in a fantastic effort today and we are very proud of her. At 15 years of age, she is one of the youngest in the women’s event which featured a number of players who have already won major titles, so to finish fourth was a big achievement. We’ve learned a lot from the singles events and are very much looking forward to the start of the mixed pairs event tomorrow."
England’s archers completed their qualifying rounds with Joe Ground going through in second place for the men’s recurve bow individual event and enters the eliminations round tomorrow. Similarly, England’s Lizzie Warner also finished second in today’s qualification round for the women’s event.
Halifax’s Patrick Rooney took silver in the men’s squash singles, winning his semi-final match against Pakistan comfortably. In the final, both Patrick and Eain Yow Ng, from Malaysia, demonstrated why they were the top seeds with some great squash with Patrick losing a tight match 3-0.
Rooney said: “I was disappointed to lose the final but I thought Yow played well and I'm really pleased to have won a silver medal in a Commonwealth Games. It’s a very special feeling and hopefully can go one better in the mixed doubles event.”
Further medals for Team England came from the weightlifters, with Chris Murray winning bronze in the men’s 62 kg with 201 points and Kian Panjavi clinching silver in the men’s 69kg in his final competition as a youth athlete.
Murray only started Olympic weightlifting in March 2015 so did extremely well to win bronze at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games.
England’s Rosie Hardie is in contention for a podium spot in the women’s 63kg tomorrow (Wed), along with Rebekah Tiler in the women’s 69kg. Tiler represented England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, narrowly missing out on a medal in fourth place. However, this year, the 16-year-old will be aiming for Commonwealth Youth Games success.
Around 1,000 athletes aged 14-18 are competing for 107 gold medals in nine sports over five days of competition in Samoa. Team England’s travelling delegation includes 60 athletes, representing eight sports (Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby 7s, Squash, Swimming, Weightlifting), plus coaching and support staff.
The fifth Commonwealth Youth Games is taking place in the Samoan capital city of Apia. England has attended all previous Commonwealth Youth Games, always finishing within the top three nations.
Some of England’s highest profile sports stars have appeared at the Commonwealth Youth Games including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Beth Tweddle, Danny Cipriani, Zoe Smith and James DeGale. The Games provide a number of England’s emerging talent with their first exposure to an international, multi-sport environment.
For a full list of Team England’s athletes, visit http://www.weareengland.org/home/samoa-2015/athletes
To find out more about Samoa 2015, visit http://www.samoacyg2015.ws/