Keith Galea was infront from start to finish as he executed his race-plan to perfection winning his third National Duathlon crown comfortably over previous-champion Fabio Spiteri who consistently claims a podium place every year in this race. Third place was gained by Steve Chetcuti as he is returning to the sport after almost a year out due to injuries.
In the female race, Michelle Vella Wood was building up the pressure on Danica Bonello Spiteri, but it was the latter who entered first after Run 1 with a 33 second lead. However, Vella Wood's recent focus on cycling paid its dividend as she stormed a two and a half minute advantage over Bonello-Spiteri during the cycling segment. During the final run, the lead was halved, but Vella Wood hold strong till the finish to claim the title, with Bonello-Spiteri in second and Hannah Pace in third place.
Vella Wood stated that 'This race turned out to be an amazing, brutal race that required me to give my utmost to compete against my very capable competitors. I am ecstatic to have managed to retake the title I won two years ago'. Continuing on the same line of thought, Galea commented that ' I am very pleased with my performance. Winning the duathlon title for the third time in my career is simply a great feeling. Although being the favourite, no race is easy. For me this performance confirms that my form is great and that am ready for my future challenges i have soon.'
The race was also very positive for Shaun Galea, an up and coming triathlete who at only 17 years of age claimed a 6th overall finish as well as the Under 17 category, and Dermot Galea who returned a National Championship race with a very convincing 7th overall spot.
Nina Zammit gained the Under 17 category, with Neil Markham and Lara Buttigieg topping the Under 23 grouping. In the Masters Category, Kelvin John Goodwin, Kevin Muscat, Jude Zammit Joseph Cortis, Claudia Zammit and Marian Belsten all claimed their Age-Category, while Matthaeus Sciberras was the first athlete from the Malta Youth Triathlon Academy -MYTA to partecipate and successfully complete this National Championship.
The trophies for the winners were presented by Hon. Chris Agius, Parliamentary Secretary for Research Innovation, Youth and Sport and Mr Mario Micallef, Director of Sport at the Maltese Olympic Committee.
A kids' duathlon race and a fun-run for younger kids were organised by the Malta Triathlon Federation and the Malta Youth Triathlon Academy -MYTA immediately afterwards.
The Malta Triathlon Federation would like to extend it heartfelt thanks its main sponsors, N.M. Arrigo, agents in Malta of Perskindol. The MTF would also like to thank the Mtarfa Local Council for the great support and cooperation, the Rabat Local Council, the Malta Police Force, in particular the Traffic Section and the Rabat District, Transport Malta, The Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport, and the committed group of volunteers and helpers who made this race possible.