The story of the area’s Games to date

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Banbridge’s most favoured hope for a Commonwealth medal, Madeline Perry, came up short in the Women’s Singles squash tournament.

The 37 year-old, who now lives in Halifax, reached the quarter-final stages but was eventually knocked out by New Zealander Joelle King.

She began her campaign with an impressive 3-0 win over Zambia’s Sharon Chimfwenbe before avenging her exit in the 2010 Games in Delhi by ousting Australia’s Kasey Brown 3-1 in another convincing display.

However, the quarter-finals proved a step too far as she was knocked out by New Zealand athlete Joelle King 3-0.

Meanwhile, in the triathlon, former Banbridge Academy student and Banbridge Cycling Club member Russell White finished a credible 23rd.

In the race that was dominated by England’s Brownlee brothers, Russell timed 1.59.20, coming in 10.30 behind winner Alistair Brownlee. Although he targetted a top 15 finish, it’s an impressive display for the Stirling student who only decided to take up triathlon four years ago.

Yesterday (Monday) afternoon, Dromore shooter Louise Aiken missed out on achieving a personal Games best, finishing 20th in the 50m Rifle Prone Women’s event.

Today (Tuesday), Roger Aiken will mount his challenge for the local area’s first medal in the mountain bike event, which begins at 2pm.