Alastair Wins Guernsey's First Commonwealth Athletics Medal

Credit: Birmingham 2022

There has been an outpouring of pride after Guernsey athlete Alastair Chalmers won Commonwealth bronze in the 400m hurdles.

It has been a weekend of celebration after Alastair Chalmers came in third place, taking a bronze medal in the men’s 400 Metre Hurdles Final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday night (6 August).

The result means the 22 year-old has secured the island its first-ever athletics medal at a Commonwealth Games.

The Guernsey athlete completed the race in 49.97 seconds - right behind Kyron McMaster from the British Virgin Islands (first) and Jaheel Hyde from Jamaica (second).

Alastair described the victory as an 'absolutely unbelievable moment' and says all his dreams have come true.

The stunning achievement has been widely celebrated, across the Bailiwick and beyond.

"I am old enough to remember the exploits of David Hemery in the 400m hurdles in Mexico, so I find it memorable that our Alistair Chalmers, in the same iconic event, won his magnificent bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games. Truly fantastic. What an athlete, what an achievement, we are so proud of him." - Deputy Peter Ferbrache, Guernsey's Chief Minister.  




The head of Jersey Sport Catriona McAllister extended her congratulations:

Alastair's bronze medal win has also grabbed headlines across the globe.



Following Lucy Beere's Silver medal in the bowls earlier in the week, it is now the first time that Guernsey has clock-up two medals at a Commonwealth Games since 1986.

On the closing day of the games, Guernsey sits in 33rd place in the medals table.

Guernsey professional cyclist Sam Culverwell got a top ten finish in the Commonwealth Games road race yesterday (7 August).

He finished in ninth, just 2 seconds behind Geraint Thomas, who came third in the Tour de France last month.

Both were just over 20 seconds adrift of the winner.


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