Athletes impress at Challenge Series 4

Monday, April 10, 2017, 20:45

Anthony Fava

Perseverance is one of the names in the game as far as athletics is concerned.  This is clearly manifested in the number of athletes past their youthful prime who doggedly keep up their training, their competition and their thirst for success.  If proof is needed that perseverance pays, one does not have to look farther than at Antonella Chouhal.

Dedicated to her sport like few others, Antonella has been in and out of the record books on many occasions, in consequence representing Malta at high levels with credit.  Her specialty lies on the Field, the other arm of the sport reserved mostly for throwers.   Going through all the disciplines in this area, her latest challenge and cause for satisfaction is the Hammer Throw, at which last week she wrote another chapter by hurling the implement 42metres 79 cm out, clearly implying that her name can be included in the GSSE selection.  Elsewhere around the track, for the third successive week-end, Daniel Saliba also raised the selection flag when he hurdled the 400m in another record time of 55.53 seconds.

If both of these events are lauded by the Association in the build up to the summer international commitments, no less were the performances at the flat 400m, wherein Matthew Croker, with his time of 50.63 minutes made the qualifying standard set for the GSSE, as did Janet Richard, who had no peers with her time of 57.39 seconds. Meantime, discreetly, Rachela Pace was busy equaling the best ever, all-time height recorded in the High Jump for girls under the age of 16 in the year of competition, clearing the bar at 1.60 metres, just 1 centimetre away from the National Record for women.  This was another excellent performance by this ubiquitous, multi-talented youngster.  The Challenge series continues this week-end with the Fourth Meeting.

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