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Jack makes splash to boost NI's medal tally at Youth Games

 

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland have taken their medal haul to three at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas as the action continues at the week-long event.

Swimmer Jack McMillan became the third member of the Northern Ireland squad to secure a podium finish as he netted a bronze in the boys' 200m freestyle.

The 17-year-old, who is from Bangor Swimming Club, joined judo pair Kirstie Strouts-McCallion (silver) and Matthew Elliott (bronze) in being Northern Ireland's medal winners.

Lisburn's Rachel Bethel narrowly missed out on adding another medal to the tally as she finished an agonising fourth in the girls' 200m freestyle, 0.15 seconds off third and another bronze medal.

Rebecca Reid of Ards (100m backstroke) and Lurgan's Shannon Russell (200m breaststroke) both finished seventh in their respective races.

All four of Northern Ireland's swimmers will have further shots at medals, however, as they are all in action again today as the schedule continues.

The Northern Ireland team are still attempting to better their tally of 12 medals - including four golds - from the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games, which were held in Samoa.

In all there are 18 local competitors taking part in the Bahamas, all aged between 15 and 18, with most tipped to be potential medal winners.

They will have to be at their best to beat their 2015 record, though, as the Commonwealth Youth Games brings together over 1,000 of the best young athletes from across the world.

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