Positive Team SA performance at the Commonwealth Youth Games on the Isle of Man. Stock photo: SuppliedKelly Gunnell produced her best performance ever as she raced to an excellent victory on the final day of the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man on Sunday evening.

Gunnell was involved in a close race with England’s Molly Renshaw in the women’s 200m breaststroke where she made up for a narrow defeat in the 100m event on the opening day. The South African edged out Renshaw by 0.28sec to take the gold in an outstanding personal best of 2:25.22.

Natasha Lloyd (New Zealand) managed to stay marginally ahead for the bronze in 2:27.37 with South African Justine MacFarlane challenging, only to finish in fourth place in 2:28.24.

The gold-medal performance from Gunnell raised the level of the South African swimmers with a number of encouraging performances, including Marne Erasmus who finished close to a medal with a fourth in the women’s 100m butterfly, clocking 1:00.32.

Remaining results include Michelle Weber 7th in both the women’s 400m individual medley in 4:52.30 and the 200m freestyle in 2:02.68, and the women’s 4 x 100m medley relay team finishing 5th in 4:11.22.