Athletics club league

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 12:14

The second, out of three National Clubs League meetings, came exactly 1 week after most of the National Team athletes returned from their adventure in Luxemburg one week ago.  Athletics did not fare as well as it did two years ago when the team won 4 gold medals, and this could possibly be an indication that other Nations are developing faster than we are whilst in some instances it is also a result of back tracking on our end.  It is very typical of athletes to lose motivation after such important events, but last weekend we had some very encouraging results showing the determination of some of our top athletes.

Indeed, one has to mention the depth of athletes presented by Athleta Pembroke, securing their provisional 1st place position in the Clubs Ranking in both the males and the female teams, with Savio AC and La Salle AC in 2nd and 3rd place respectively on the men’s side.  At the same time, a few individual performances must have also made headlines at the track.  Foremost in this list is two time Sport Women on the Year Diane Borg.  Borg ran a blistering 24.50sec 200m to achieve the best technical performance by local female athletes this year.  Albeit coming a week after the GSSE, this result shows why Diane has had outstanding performances in the past.  Despite missing most of her autumn and winter track training due to injury, her determination to succeed is seeing her improve with every race she runs.

On the Men’s side in the sprint events, there was a close battle in both the 100m and 200m between Steve Camilleri and Luke Bezzina, with the former winning both contests in 11.21sec and 22.25sec respectively.

Another performance worth noting was the Men’s 400m where Matthew Corker improved further to 49.87sec with Nicole Gatt winning the women’s event in 59.10sec.  Lara Scerri registered another credible performance in the 800m with a time of 2min18.83sec closely followed by Laura Sammut (2min20.87sec) who is 10years her junior!

In the throwing events some good performances by Mario Mifsud in the Discus (40.89m) and Lawrence Ransley in the shot put (13.58m).

Two very competitive events in the jumps.  The High jump was a close contest ironically between two horizontal jumpers, Ian Paul Grech and Andrew Cassar Torregiani, both clearing 1.74m.  The fireworks had to continue with Ian Paul Borg registering his lifetime performance in the long jump beating seasoned and National Long Jump Record Holder and ever green, Rachid Chouhal, by a mere 1cm, 7.02m to 7.01m.

 





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