Black makes history as England strike gold again on day 2 - We Are England
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20.07.2017 Black makes history as England strike gold again on day 2
highlights day 2

Swimmer Layla Black became the first ever Team England athlete to win gold at two consecutive Commonwealth Youth Games on day 2 in Nassau. 

Layla, a double gold medallist from the previous edition of the Games in Samoa defended her 200m breaststroke title and immediately set her sights further success.

“It’s a fantastic feeling, I’m delighted. I’m looking to retain both the titles that I won two years ago [in Samoa] so I’m halfway towards achieving that,” said Black.

Following in the footsteps of some Team England greats meant a great deal the Leeds based swimmer commented.

“Seeing what people like Jess Ennis Hill, Danny Cipriani and Beth Tweddle have gone on to achieve after doing well for England at Commonwealth Youth Games gives me huge confidence for the future.

"It’s a great feeling to think that at some point I might be able to get to the same levels they reached.”

A further two silver medals followed on day 2 as Team England retained their place at the top of the medal table.

Alicia Wilson swam a huge personal best in claiming a silver medal in the 50m butterfly and Lily Boseley came from 6th fastest in the heats to finish second in the final.  

The success for Team England wasn’t restricted to the pool as rugby 7s, boxing and tennis all had positive days in competition.

Rugby 7s suffered an early defeat to Samoa but recovered to sit second in the pool after three matches, the last of which saw a 72-0 dismantling of hosts Bahamas.

Three of Team England’s four boxers progressed from preliminary rounds with Ivan Hope Price, Shiloh Defreitas and Mark Dickinson all recording points victories.

Ben Vaughan missed out on a split decision, a strong finish not quite enough to score the bout in his favour.

Peter Allam began the tennis competition with a comprehensive straight sets win 6-0 6-1 over the young athlete from Belize.

“I was a bit nervous at the start but I was really happy to get the competition underway," said Allam.

"It doesn’t really matter but I’d have liked to have won 6-0 6-0 but as I get further in the competition I’ll have to do more to maintain my focus.”