With a contingent of 10 athletes and 2 coaches, Triathlon Malta has recently participated in the European Triathlon Championships organised by the ETU-European Triathlon Union in the town of Weert, the Netherlands. The championships were held on the Standard Distance of 1.5KM swim, 40KM non-drafting cycle and 10KM run.
The contingent, which was selected during last autumn’s Malta National Triathlon Championships consisted of Margaret Seguna, Lara Buttigieg, Anjelika Ruggier, Juliya Azzopardi Mazur, Karne Amato, Wayne Spiteri, Shaun Galea, Bernard Sant, Joseph Cremona and Darrel Schembri. The athletes were accompanied by Level 2 Triathlon Coaches Barry Farrugia and Maria Mizzi and headed by Triathlon Malta’s President, Cyprian Dalli.
In the female races, Seguna managed to obtain the best time out of all the Maltese female athletes when she finished in the time of 2 hours, 19 minutes and 47 seconds. This result meant that Seguna placed in 5th place in her Age Group category. Seguna also registered the best time for the swim and the run segment among the Maltese female athletes with Lara Buttigieg obtaining the best timing of the cycle.
In the male competitions, it was Bernard Sant who stopped the best time among the five Maltese male athletes, as he stepped the finish line in a total time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 34 seconds. Sant also had the best swim of all the Maltese athletes where he covered the 1500m in a time of 22 minutes and 12 seconds. The best cycle of the Maltese contingent was recorded by Wayne Spiteri who covered the 40KM course in a time of 56 minutes and 10 seconds. Spiteri also obtained the best Maltese time for the run as he clocked 41 minutes 28 seconds for the 10KM route.
During the weekend in Weert, Triathlon Malta’s President, accompanied by the two coaches, also attended the Annual General Assembly of the European Triathlon Union. Dalli had various bilateral meetings among the highest figures in international Triathlon, among them with Ms Marisol Casado, President of the International Triathlon Union and with Mr Renato Bertrandi President of the European Triathlon Union. ‘ It was another outing where Triathlon Malta showed that even if it is one of the smallest continental federation, it is one of the most dynamic and active. We fielded 10 athletes here which made us the most heavily represented country per capita in these European Championships. This augurs well for our continuous development and for the future of Triathlon in Malta and Gozo’ remarked Dalli.
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