21st July 2017
The Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games has been a great success so far for North East swimmers who are part of the English team.
On day 1, City of Leeds Layla Black repeated her success from Samoa in 2015, jump-starting the medal haul with gold in the 200m Breaststroke. She is the first Team England athlete to win gold at two consecutive Games. She went out strong and kept control of the race from start to finish touching in 2:31.00 to top the podium. Speaking about her swim she commented: “It’s a fantastic feeling, I’m delighted. Seeing what people like Jess Ennis Hill, Danny Cipriani and Beth Tweddle have gone on to achieve after doing well for England at Commonwealth Youth Games gives me huge confidence for the future.”
Layla’s result brought a second international gold in the space of a month, having also topped the podium at the European Junior Championships in Netanya, Israel.
While Layla was England’s only swimming gold medallist of the opening day, City of Sheffield swimmer Lily’s Boseley claimed silver in the 100m Backstroke. She shaved more than a second from the time she set in the heats, touching in 1:02.19.
Leah Crisp also made her way into the finals on day one, slightly slower than her qualifying time. The City of Leeds swimmer must have saved plenty in the tank for the final though, as she swam a personal best time.
On the second day of the competition, Lily capitalised on her successful first dat, claiming gold in the women’s 50m Backstroke beat Wales’ Medi Harris to top the podium. She was over three tenths of a second faster than her Welsh rival, touching in 29.04.
Both Ciara Schlosshan and Leah Crisp also enjoyed medal success in the finals. Ciara took a bronze medal in the Women’s 400IM for Team England with a new personal best time. The 15-year-old was over 10 seconds faster than her heat swim, making it to the wall in 4:49.22. This is off the back of her silver in the 200m Fly at the recent European Junior Swimming Championships.
She commented: “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.”
Leah Crisp’s medal came as part of the mixed 4x200m Freestyle Relay. The quartet comprised of Jakob Goodman, Harry Constantine, Elizabeth Harris and Leah. They swam a collective time of 7:50.85 and placed second, missing out on gold to New Zealand.