Harvey Dixon running in the first heat of the 1500m qualified for the final, finishing 6th in the heat. His time of 3:47:03 placed him as the 2nd fastest non-automatic qualifier after the two heats had been run.
Day 7 at the XXI Commonwealth Games on The Gold Coast saw Team Gibraltar in action on just two fronts, Shooting and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
It was Pistol Shooting up first with Jonathan Patron and Daniel Payas on the firing line at the Belmont Range in Brisbane to participate in the 50m Free Pistol event.
The pair had mixed fortunes in their first event (10m Air) and were looking to build on their previous performances. Daniel shooting in his 1st Games ended up in 15th place with a score of 510 (4x), afterwards he said “ I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will take a lot away from the Games, it’s certainly better to shoot than be team manager”.
Jonathan had to shoot with a modified stance after injury in his first event and shot 517 (5x) finishing 13th, the second highest placed European in the competition.
Emma Bosio was competing at the Coomera Indoor centre mid morning. The youngster also had to contend with an ankle injury picked up whilst training in Australia. She had an X-ray and MRI and received excellent medical attention and was ultimately signed off to compete. She was absolutely determined to compete and put in four solid performances in her routines, Ball, Hoop, Clubs and Ribbon despite carrying an injury.
Day 9 brought a first for Team Gibraltar on the Carrara Stadium Track. Harvey Dixon running in the first heat of the 1500m qualified for the Final, finishing 6thin the heat but more importantly his time of 3:47:03 placed him as the 2nd fastest non-automatic qualifier after the two heats had been run.
This is the first time a Gibraltar Athlete has made the final on the track, surpassing John Chaporry's semi-final place in the 800m in Edinburgh in 1986.
Harvey running in his second games said after the race “I’m delighted to have made the final it was my aim coming in to the games and all the hard work and training has paid off, I’m glad I stepped back from the 800m to concentrate on this race.” He went on to add “the tactics worked, I stayed with the bunch as was able to stay with them until the last 200, I know I can run faster and now I’m looking forward to the final.”
On the Clay Range, Kevin Cowles was in action in the Trap qualification stage and with another day to go he is currently in 15th spot out of 40 competitors and two clay's difference covering 10 places.