It was truly a day of celebration for the sport of Triathlon in Malta as the 2014 came to an exciting
finale at the National Triathlon Championships which were held on Sunday 12 October at the new
venue of Marfa and L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha.
The Malta National Triathlon Championships saw a record number of 98 athletes registered for the
races, with a very conspicuous number of these coming from overseas. However, the Maltese held
up perfectly to the challenge and claimed all six podium places in the main Standard Distance
In the Female's category, it was immediately clear that it was going to be a fight between three.
While Hannah Pace excited the swim in first place, Danica Bonello Spiteri and Margaret Seguna were
hot on her heels as the trio were within 30 seconds from each other into Transition One. Once onto
the technical and challenging cycle segment, Bonello Spiteri took the lead and entered Transition
Two with a half-minute lead over Pace. Bonello Spiteri fired off in the run by building up an
unassailable advantage to claim her 12th National Triathlon Championship in 2 hours 18 minutes
and 21 seconds. Hannah Pace managed to cling to second place (and winning the Under 23
Category) with Margaret Seguna finishing third overall.
In the Males Section, The pursuit of the defence of last year's National Title by Keith Galea took a
decisive step forward within the first few moments into the swim, which saw Galea entering
Transition One with already a 180 second lead over second-placed Rudolph Agius. Fabio Spiteri
landed an impressive performance on the cycle as he stormed to second place with a segment time
being one and a half minute better than the rest of the field. Out into the run, both Galea's and
Spiteri's efforts equalled each other, however the lead of Galea was too huge to overcome. This was
Keith Galea's fourth National Triathlon Championship title, complimenting his Duathlon and
Aquathlon Titles in 2014. Fabio Spiteri came in second and claimed the Over 40 Category, while
Rudolph Agius claimed the third spot on the podium.
The Age Category trophies were won by Jude Zammit and Suzanne Farrugia in the Over 50,
Donatelle Camilleri and David Galea in the Over 40 and Neil Markham in the Under 23.
In the Sprint-Distance race held simultaneously, Michelle Scott of Great Britain while youngster Nina
Zammit claimed second place. Johanna Galea was third on the podium. The Male race was won by
Cliff Sultana, with Marlon Mallia and Michael Bongailas conquering the podium. The Age Categories
Awards in the Sprint Triathlon were claimed by Jem Lawson of Great Britain in the Over 60, Michele
Granger of Canada and Pawlu Brincat in the Over 50, Kelvin Goodwin and Lucy Cutler of Great Britain
in the Over 40, while Shaun Galea and Lara Buttigieg claimed the Under 23 Categories.
Awards were presented immediately after the races by Mr Mario Micallef, Director of Sport of the
Maltese Olympic Committee.
The Malta Triathlon Federation expressed great satisfaction for the event, and congratulated all the
participants and especially those who claimed the titles. The growing number of triathletes on the
island as well as the ever-expanding number of foreign visits to the championships, coupled with a
marked increase in quality, is a clear sign that multisport in Malta is on the increase.
The MTF thanked the main sponsors, BBB Bike Parts - Malta and The Cyclist Bike Shop, all the other
sponsors of the race, the Mellieha Local Council and the Malta Police Force for their cooperation and
support throughout this event.
The Malta Triathlon Federation will be organising the 26th edition of the Malta National Triathlon Championships this Sunday, 12 October 2014 at 7:45am.
The National Championships, sponsored this year by the BBB Bike Parts-Malta and The Cyclist Bike Shop, will be held on the Standard Distance Triathlon (1.5KM swim, 40KM cycle and 10KM run). An ancillary race on the Sprint Distance (half distances) will also be held simultaneously.
The venue for the Championships will be a new one, as this will be the first time that the Federation will be holding triathlon racing in Mellieha. The swimming part will be held in the Ramla tal-Bir, overlooking the Gozo Channel. The challenging cycling route will see athletes looping the Armier Road all the way to the chapel at l-Ahrax tal-Mellieha while the run will be held along the rocky beaches of Cirkewwa.
In the Male race, Graham Borg and Fabio Spiteri will have to fight hard to bridge the gap on incumbent National Triathlon Champion Keith Galea who has been undefeated this year in all local Multisport races he took part in.
In the Female category, current National Triathlon Champion, Michelle Vella Wood will have to clash with Danica Bonello Spiteri who is passing through a formidable season, with Hannah Pace and Margaret Seguna will be ready to take every little opportunity to claim their first ever National Triathlon Championship since both are passing through a very good performing moment. The Malta Triathlon Federation will also be hosting international athletes travelling from Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, South Africa and Canada.
'The National Triathlon Championships are traditionally the culmination of the multisport season and a celebration of triathlon in Malta. We are delighted to witness a continuous increase in partecipation and in quality in this Championships and we are certain that the development of triathlon in Malta will continue in the right direction' said Cyprian Dalli, President of the Malta Triathlon Federation.
The Malta Triathlon Federation would like to express its gratitude to the Mellieha Local Council and the Malta Police Force for its cooperation, and would like to inform the general public that Triq ta' Msid and Triq l-Armier shall be closed for traffic between 8:00 and 10:30 on the day of the competition.
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