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The Western Isles have won eight medals so far in the NatWest Island Games taking place in Sweden.

Half the haul came from the women’s swimming team with Kara Hanlon the star of the pool.

The 20-year old achieved the treble with three gold medals. She was up against fierce rival Isle of Man’s Laura Kinley for first place in both the 50 metre and the 200 metre breaststroke but Hanlon piped her to the post.

Hanlon also won the 200 metre individual medley.

Kathryn Offer took bronze in the 100 metre backstroke, very narrowly missing out on second place.

In the shot putt, the silver medal was awarded to Eve Carrington with a throw of 10.99 metres, a personal best record.

Their habit of watching Billy Connolly on video to ease the nerves before they race worked for South Uist sisters Kerry and Kirsty Macphee in the mountain biking event around the 13th century old town walls of Visby.  

They finished first and second and also won team gold for the Western  Isles, repeating their their performance in Jersey two years ago.

The NatWest Island Games on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Lativa involves 2500 participants, from 24 islands competing in 14 sports.

Western Isles clock up eight medals in Sweden

28 June 2017