Barnes loses Commonwealth Games debut

21-year-old boxer Brandy Barnes bid for a medal on her Commonwealth Games debut came to a sudden end against a more experienced opponent in the Women’s 45-48kg quarterfinals on Sunday, 7 April (Saturday night in the Cayman Islands).

Barnes stepped into the ring in the first bout of the day at the Oxenford Studios venue in Queensland, Australia against Sri Lanka’s Anusha Dilrukshi Koddithuwakku.

The 39-year-old former World Championships quarterfinalist gave Barnes little chance to settle herself after the opening bell, pressuring her with attacks to the body and head. After two standing counts in the last minute of the opening round, the referee stopped the contest with a few ticks left on the clock.

A win would have taken Barnes into the semifinals and guaranteed her at least a bronze medal in the division.

Cayman’s other boxer at the XXI Commonwealth Games, Dariel Barnes, fighters later in the Round of 16 in the Men’s 75kg division against 20-year-old Benjamin ‘The Future’ Whittaker of England. The fight is scheduled for Sunday at 7:02 a.m. in the Cayman Islands.

In other early action on Sunday in Gold Coast, four swimmers took the pool at the Optus Aquatic Centre.

David Ebanks in the 50m breaststroke.

Lauren Hew competed in the women’s 200m backstroke preliminaries and finished 15th overall of 16 competitors with 2:27.88 behind her season’s best time of 2:24.01.

Also in the pool was David Ebanks in the Men’s 50m breastroke. He clocked 30.04 sec, good enough for 21st of 34 participants.

Hew and Alison Jackson then competed in the women’s 100m freestyle. Hew was 20th overall in 58.79 sec, and Jackson was 22nd in 59.54 sec.

Iain McCallum also swam the men’s 100m butterfly and touched the wall in 58.08 sec, 22nd of 28 competitors.

There is one swimming event left on the Cayman Islands competition calendar at the Games. Hew swims in the women’s 50m backstroke preliminaries on Monday (8:55 p.m. Sunday in the Cayman Islands). will have more updates from the Games as the action unfolds, including national 100m record holder Kemar Hyman competing in the preliminaries, and Eilidh Bridgeman playing in the women’s  squash singles consolation final.

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