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Kim's fortune changes as Jersey's footballers break an Island Games record

Kim's fortune changes as Jersey's footballers break an Island Games record

Friday 03 July 2015

Kim's fortune changes as Jersey's footballers break an Island Games record

As Jersey took gold in the Women's Football for the first time in Island Games history this morning beating Åland 1-0 in a nail biting final - another golden girl found herself back on top of the podium.

Kim Ashton's powerful winning performance in the cycling criterium had been thrown into doubt after she crossed the finish line yesterday but today the results have finally been confirmed and the 27 year-old has got another gold to add to her collection.

A war of words broke out between the home team and race officials when it emerged that the Jersey team was docked two minutes for turning up late at the start line.

This morning, officials met and came to the decision Ashton was the rightful winner - if she had lost out, the Isle of Man’s Liz Holden would have taken gold in the race that saw a nasty crash between Zoenique Williams, of Bermuda, and Ynys Mon rider Ann Henson in the final stages, the latter suffering a broken collarbone.

It wasn’t just the women’s race that ended in turmoil. At the men’s medal ceremony, bronze medal winners Saaremaa refused to take their place on the podium after complaining about the final placings.

Elsewhere, Jersey’s gold medals kept on coming. Windsurfing De La Salle teacher Steve Melia won the individual event and there were a clutch of shooting golds:

Mark Andrews in the English individual skeet open (with Jersey’s Iain Barette taking silver); Mark Andrews and Andrew and Jonathan de la Haye in the Team English Sporting Team; Toby Cabaret and James Daly in the Team IPSC Practical Shooting Standard Division; and Mark Littleton in the Open NRA 1500 Police Pistol Combat.

Jersey has a pretty-much unassailable lead at the top of the medal table now with 41 golds, 44 silvers and 25 bronzes.

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