It was another successful weekend for local athletes competing abroad with several wins and national records broken.
Maltese athletes travelled to both Croatia and Sicily in order to compete in a number of athletics tournaments.
At the European Throwing Cup in Split, Croatia, 18-year-old Mireya Cassar set a national record for her age category in the U-23 Hammer Throw.
Cassar’s throw of 45.04 metres was just two metres shy of the national senior record.
Athlete of the Year Luca Farrugia also put on a strong performance with a throw of 48.57 metres alongside Bradley Mifsud who threw for 44.25 metres.
In the U-23 men’s category, Luca Martini recorded a 50.81-metre throw.
A number of local athletes also competed closer to home at the Palermo Grand Prix through a newly-formed partnership between Athletics Malta and the Italian Athletics Federation.
Daniel Saliba set a national record in the 110 metres hurdles with a timing of 15”13 in his first race of the season.
Fellow teammate Carla Scicluna put on a formidable showing with a win in the 200 metres with an impressive time of 24”75 – shortly after she took the honours on the 100 metres with a time of 12”12.
Scicluna’s showing were both personal bests with her 200-metre timing good enough to qualify for the U-23 European Championships held in Bergen, Norway. She’ll be joined by long jumper Claire Azzopardi.
Other athletes representing Malta at Palermo were Steve Camiller who raced in the 100 metres with a time of 11”12, Sean Spiteri in the 200 metres with a time of 22”60 and Martha Spiteri in the 400 metres with a time of 58”59.
Dillon Cassar emerged victorious in a technical 5,000-metre race which saw him cross the finish line in 14:48:95.
Malta will continue to make its presence felt on the international stage with athletes competing abroad next week in Vienna, Austria and Agropolis, Italy.
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