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Isle of Wight athlete wins gold at Island Games

Wed 29 Jun 2011

Isle of Wight athlete wins gold at Island Games

An athlete from the Isle of Wight has won a gold medal at the Island Games that are currently being held on the island.

James Forman was victorious in the 400m hurdles event and stated that he hopes his achievement will act as a boost to the rest of the Isle of Wight team.

"It's amazing, it's kickstarted the whole thing off and it's going to give everyone inspiration to really go for it now," he told BBC Radio Solent.

Forman, 19, won the final narrowly ahead of Guernsey's Dale Garland, setting a new Games record in the process at a time of 50.41 seconds.

He added it was a "great" race and was head-to-head with Garland throughout the full 400m, while he always had confidence in his ability to break the competition's fastest time.

The Isle of Wight is currently fourth in the medal table, with a haul of 11 golds, six silvers and six bronzes.

Posted by Jon Noble ADNFCR-3083-ID-800603257-ADNFCR

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