Keith Galea wins in Cyprus

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 11:07

Last SundayKeith Galeacarried the honours in the Volkswagen International Triathlon organised by the Cyprus Triathlon Association in Limassol. The Birkirkara St. Joseph Under 25 European Champion registered his third international success on the trot, fromIsraeltoSicilytoCyprus, in the span of a few weeks. Galea finished the race in one hour, 57 minutes, 17 seconds, beating the rest of the field by one minute, eight seconds. In Limassol, Galea had to face the stiff challenge of a couple of Cypriot national team triathletes namely Marian Cosmos Costantin and Stavros Antoniou both of the Famagusta Nautical Club.

Conscious of the fact that the Cypriots are capable of a good cycling segment, Galea surged into the lead from the very beginning of the race. His swim time of 19 minutes in the 1,500-metre course, was two minutes faster than that of his nearest rival. He further improved his gap with a very fast swim-to-bike transition, to face the undulating 40-kilometre bike segment of the race.

Strong winds prevailed on the very technical bike course, which was set on four laps on a steep hill. Galea cycled at a relentless pace to sustain as wide a gap as possible over his rivals, in preparation for the final 10-kilometre run.  He managed to cycle the distance in one hour, two minutes, 25 seconds, which reduced his lead to just over one minute by the time he started the final run.  However, his performance in the run was second to none.  He covered the 10 kilometres in 35 minutes 50 seconds, crashing all opposition, to win the race in a personal best time of one hour, 57 minutes and 17 seconds.

Second place was a close affair between the two Cypriot internationals.  Marian Costantin managed to edge past his compatriot in the final stages to register a time of one hour, 58 minutes 25 seconds, 34 seconds ahead of Stavros Antoniou.

The Birkirkara St. Joseph triathlete is sponsored by Starbene of Mosta, and is currently in the 20/20 Elite Scheme of the Kunsill Malti għall-Isport.




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