An unexpected positive turnout in the 1st Edition of TriGozo Garmin Sprint Triathlon; a multi-sport race which took place on the beautiful island of Gozo. The event saw athletes of all ages, from youths to adults in which the majority participated individually. The event was sanctioned by the Malta Triathlon Federation and valid towards Triathlete Of The Year Points for the 2019 season.
The Adult’s Sprint Triathlon race saw Shaun Galea of Pembroke Athleta & Triathlon take the honours with a time of 1:03:49. Galea was 3rd out of the water behind Bernard Sant and Nikol Micallef of Mosta Tri Team respectively. Shaun Galea pushed through the challenging, hilly route and managed to fight for the win. The fastest run split was in fact registered by Shaun Galea himself. Second and third-placed triathletes were Bernard Sant and Neil Markham of Mosta Tri Team.
In the female section, the race saw current National Champion Hannah Cutajar taking the lead throughout the whole route, with a finishing time of 1:08:39. Hannah managed a steady pace throughout; earning the fastest splits in all three disciplines. Second and third-placed triathletes were Margaret Seguna of Mosta Tri Team and the Gozitan Felicienne Mercieca.
The relay race was won by the team composed of David Sammut, Jason Vella and Johan Galea with a finishing time of 1:05:37.
The Youth Duathlon races, saw newcomer Liam Daly take the honours in Category 1 with a time of 4:17, while Miyah Vella of MYTA won the Category 1 Female category with a time of 5:18. Category 2 was won by Sven Cini of TriGozo and Julienne Woods of MYTA with a time of 16:25 and 18:12 respectively. Category 3 winners were Kai Azzopardi of MYTA with a time of 21:09 and Keira Attard of TriGozo with a time of 24:17, while Category 4 winners were Pavel Dalli of MYTA with a time of 25:57 and Pia Zammit, also of MYTA with a finishing time of 29:11.
The race organizers would like to thank the Ministry for Gozo, Gozo Sports Board, Zebbug Local Council, Transport Malta, The Malta Police Force, Agones SFC for the race setup, Mark Zammit for the ARRTS timing system, ERRC and all marshals who helped in one way or another during the race.
Also, main race sponsor Garmin Malta for fully supporting the event and also helping with the setup, CMC services SportsMania for sponsoring the race t-shirts of all athletes, also for the trophies and medals, H2Only Purified Drinking Water for providing water, Cassar Camilleri for providing Safari juices, Max Saliba for all promotional design, Al Capone Bar & Restaurant for providing vouchers to all finishers. Last but not least, all the athletes who participated in TriGozo Garmin Sprint Triathlon. The positive vibe made it all worth it. TriGozo’s 2nd Edition multi-sport race will be held next year.
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