Gutsy performances from Western Isles’ swimmer Kara at Commonwealth games

Western Isles swimmer Kara Hanlon, far right, with Commonwealth Games team-mates Katie Shanahan, Keanna MacInnes and Lucy Hope. Photograph: Scottish Swimming. NO F32 swim team CG Birmingham
Western Isles swimmer Kara Hanlon, far right, with Commonwealth Games team-mates Katie Shanahan, Keanna MacInnes and Lucy Hope. Photograph: Scottish Swimming. NO F32 swim team CG Birmingham

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Western Isles elite swimmer Kara Hanlon brought her debut Commonwealth Games to a close with a gutsy performance in the last race of the swim programme – the final of the Women’s 4 x 100m Medley.

Like the rest of the swim events, the last race for swimming medals on Thursday morning was held in the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, the only new venue built for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Stornoway swimmer Kara was joined by teammates Katie Shanahan, Keanna MacInnes and Lucy Hope to earn fifth place in a stacked field, posting a time of 4:04.83, breaking the record from the previous games on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Kara Hanlon in her debut Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Photograph: Commonwealth Games Scotland. NO F32 SCO Kara Hanlon 2 (1)
Kara Hanlon in her debut Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Photograph: Commonwealth Games Scotland.
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Team England and Team Scotland were in action. England’s Lauren Cox put in the better performance on the first leg, backstroke, to hand over with the English team in third place.

England compatriot Molly Renshaw was then tasked with cutting the deficit to the leaders, as Kara, 25, tried to stay in touch.

After dropping back to fourth place at the halfway stage, England’s Laura Stephens kept in touch with the South Africans for third place, before Anna Hopkin got the place back to give Team England another bronze medal, as Lucy Hope brought Team Scotland home in fifth.

Kara Hanlon in action in Birmingham. Photograph: Commonwealth Games Scotland. NO F32 SCO Kara Hanlon 5
Kara Hanlon in action in Birmingham. Photograph: Commonwealth Games Scotland.
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It was to be Australia’s day as they edged out Canada to take gold, with England in  third.

Kara also competed in the finals of the women’s 100m and 50m breaststroke events, finishing both in eighth place.

 

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Western Isles swimmer Kara Hanlon, far right, with Commonwealth Games team-mates Katie Shanahan, Keanna MacInnes and Lucy Hope. Photograph: Scottish Swimming. NO F32 swim team CG Birmingham

 

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Kara Hanlon in her debut Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Photograph: Commonwealth Games Scotland. NO F32 SCO Kara Hanlon 2 (1)

Kara Hanlon in action in Birmingham. Photograph: Commonwealth Games Scotland.

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