It has been a historic week for Maltese swimmers competing at the International Turkcell competition in Turkey, with starlet Mya Azzopardi breaking a total of four national records.
After beating her own 200m freestyle national record earlier during the week, Azzopardi capitalised on her momentum and put on a dominant performance in the 400m and 100m individual medley, as well as the 400m freestyle.
Azzopardi emerged from the 400m medley with a time of 4:57.75, sweeping past the previous national record of 5:16.36 held by Francesca Falzon Young since 2016.
The 18-year-old swimmer also broke a four-year record she had set herself in the 100m medley after finishing with a time of 1:05.54 – 0.22 milliseconds faster than the previous record.
She also improved her previously established record in the 400m freestyle, clocking a time of 4:21:37. Her previous record, established in January 2020 in Rome, stood at 4:23.88.
Together, Azzopardi established four national records over the week.
In the male’s event, Maltese swimmer Thomas Woods and Jacques Boffa also put on a formidable showing.
Woods finished the 400m freestyle with a time of 3:03.30, breaking a national record established by Dylan Cachia in October 2018.
Boffa broke the 200m freestyle national record by 0.01 seconds with a time of 1:52.78.
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