24 July 2014 was to be a memorable day in the history of Maltese Triathlon as the Malta Triathlon Federation returned to be present at the Commonwealth Games 2014, after an absence of 12, long years.
The whole of the local triathlon community was eagerly awaiting to see our two topmost triathletes racing along the splendid Strathclyde Park in what turned out to be splendid hot sunny day in Glasgow.
The results at the end of the day where bitter-sweet in nature. Keith Galea had to stop from completing the race as he was lapped on the bike segment during the last phase of the cycle. It was a difficult moment for Keith who had fought hard and raced strong to the best of the possibilities until then and the run segment would have surely placed him in a position to place higher on the final result score.
Earlier on during the day, the most accomplished female Maltese triathlete ever, Danica Bonello-Spiteri had a fantastic race where she managed to bring home a superb 15th position after a race she executed to perfection. Holding on to the best of her possibilities during the swim and always cycling on the edge in the central part of the race, she managed to avoid being taken off the course and she continued to race up until a huge ovation from the crowd on the Grand Stand in her final metres.
This result placed Malta in the 8th position from a field of a 71 potential countries and territories.
The TRIMLT team was ably supported by National Coach Dermot Galea who had the difficult task to settle the logistics for the team in just one day upon arrival of the Maltese contingent. Dermot also attended the post-race meeting of the Commonwealth Triathlon Association where voiced the concerns and suggestions of the Malta Triathlon Federation in view of future possible partecipation.
The Malta Triathlon Federation would like to thank wholeheartedly Danica, Keith and Dermot for making this memorable day in the annals of the history of our sport in Malta. The MTF is proud of the fighting spirit its two athletes produced in the face of world-class opposition. The MTF congratulates Danica for such a high-level result obtained for herself and the whole local triathlon community.
The Federation would also like to extend its gratitude to the Maltese Olympic Committee for the support and cooperation it showed during the past 18 months leading up to this journey. The Federation augurs that the very good relation that exists with the MOC will bear more fruitful dividends in the future.
Finally, a huge thank you to all those who supported this venture in one way or another.
The Malta Triathlon Federation wishes the best of luck to the whole Maltese Contingent in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
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