Islington team clinch London Youth Games silver medals after Haringey defeat
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Islington captain Kyle Carey is determined to go one better next year after the borough’s basketball team lost out to neighbours Haringey in the final.
Carey, a student at St Mary Magdalene Academy, Holloway, seemed set to claim a gold medal after his team led Haringey going into the final quarter.
But Haringey fought back to triumph 48-38, leaving Islington to settle for silver medals and Carey – who also plays basketball for Haringey Hawks – facing some stick from his clubmates.
“I know some of the guys in the Haringey team, so that was strange and they might have a laugh about it,” admitted the 16-year-old, who was competing in his first London Youth Games.
“We were the underdogs in the final but we are proud of how we did and it was a good experience. We were close for a long time.
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“We just got really fatigued in the end and didn’t have much on the bench that we could change, so everyone had to stay on the court. It has made us want to come back and do it again next year.”
While the basketball team were the pick of the bunch for Islington in the finals, held at Crystal Palace, the borough also secured fourth-place finishes in boys’ table tennis and weightlifting, while the football team came fifth.
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Those results helped to lift the borough two places from their 2012 performance as they finished 26th overall in the Jubilee Trophy standings.
Highgate Harriers’ Arnold Mensuoh had a busy weekend after competing at the English Schools’ Championships and then representing Camden at the London Youth Games.
The 14-year-old reached the semi-finals of the 300m at the English Schools’ Championships in Birmingham and then raced down to the London Youth Games to win silver in the 300m and record the second-biggest distance of 5.99m in the long jump.
“My quads and hamstrings are killing me but I feel like I did pretty well. I’m pleased with my results,” said Mensuoh.
“Even though it was a long weekend I still wanted to come to the London Youth Games and compete to help Camden do well.
“To a certain extent I was disappointed in the 300m but I’ve been tired, and in the long jump I’m really pleased with myself as I’ve jumped nearly six metres.”
The London Youth Games is delivering a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics by inspiring more young Londoners to play and volunteer in sport.
London’s councils, along with Balfour Beatty and Sport England, support Europe’s largest annual youth sports event which has over 100,000 athletes competing across 85 competitions over nine months.