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Jersey swimmer Ian Black reaches Commonwealth Games

Ian Black qualifies for the Delhi Commonwealth Games
Black moved to Perth two years ago

Jersey's Ian Black is the first island swimmer to qualify for next year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The 20-year-old, who moved to Australia in 2007 to train full-time, finished eighth in the 400m Individual Medley at the Queensland State Championships.

However it was his heat time of four minutes 29.09 seconds on Sunday morning that was two seconds under the Commonwealth qualification mark.

He told BBC Jersey: "This is what I came out here to do."

He added: "It's great to have finally reached my goal - when I looked up at the board and saw my time it was awesome."

Earlier in the day Jersey's Simon Le Couilliard swam a personal best and broke the island record but missed qualification by less than half a second in the 100m butterfly.

Both swimmers have further opportunities to qualify on Monday, with Black in the 100m breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley and Le Couilliard in the 100m freestyle.



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