Team England opening ceremony flagbearer Holly Mills from Andover, led the way once again as she took home a gold medal in the women’s long jump.
Her leap of 6.19m in the first round set down a mark that nobody else could match amongst disruption for lighting storms in and around the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau. Teammate Lucy Hadaway (York) also claimed long jump bronze overcoming the setback of a foul in the opening round.
Gold medal winner Mills said her experiences of the past three days had left her lost for words, “I can’t put the last few days into words. First to carry the flag at the opening ceremony and now to win gold it’s been unbelievable.
“When I won all the emotion came out, I was laughing, crying, I didn’t know what to do! I was ecstatic. It’s been the most amazing couple of days ever.”
Lucy Hadaway also spoke of her pride at sharing a podium with her team mate, “It was really nice to stand next to Holly on the podium because we’ve been competing against each other since we were little and now to get to this stage together was a great moment to share.”
The men’s 1500m also saw England claim two medals with Josh Lay (Northampton) and Luke Duffy (Nottingham) winning silver and bronze respectively.
Lily Boseley (Ashfield) led the charge in the swimming pool, taking the women’s 50m backstroke to add to her silver medal won yesterday. Yorkshire also enjoyed huge success with a bronze medal for Ciara Schlosshan (Leeds) and a silver for Leah Crisp (Wakefield) as part of the mixed 4x200m relay team to add to Layla Black’s gold from yesterday. “It’s been a fantastic event for swimmers from Leeds so far. Layla and Leah have done really well and this comes on the back of wins at the European Junior Championships as well. It’s great to come out to the Bahamas with two of the people I swim with. We’ve got so much support from back home and from our coach so I knew we would do well” said Schlosshan.
The mixed 4x200m relay team also included Elizabeth Harris (Stoke-on-Trent), Harry Constantine (Dunstable) and Jacob Goodman (Sevenoaks) who tasted medal success for England in the Bahamas. Further joy in the pool came from Thomas Dean (Maidenhead), who claimed silver in the 400m individual medley, and Jahrel Murphy (Ealing) also took silver in the 50m backstroke final.
Elsewhere on day three, a nail-biting win over Fiji saw the rugby 7s team secure a place in the gold medal match. Boxers Shiloh Defreitas, Aaron Bowen and Chloe Watson all guaranteed medals with a place in their semi-finals.
There were mixed fortunes at the beach volleyball with the Bello twins progressing but the girl’s team of Ellena Austin and Yasmin Kaashoek narrowly missed out losing a deciding set to New Zealand.
However, despite a strong day all round for New Zealand, particularly in the pool, England retained their place at the top of the medal table for a third consecutive day, having won more medals than any other nation to this point.