Spiteri clinches Silver Medal in Challenge Poznań

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 20:18

Note:This article has been posted in both Maltese and English

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Gavin Muscat

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Spiteri battles poor weather conditions to clinch Silver Medal in Challenge Poznań

Agones SFC and National Team Triathlete Fabio Spiteri claimed another international podium finish in a middle distance triathlon when he clocked 4 hours 30 minutes and 43 seconds at the recently held Challenge Poznań in Poland.  Spiteri clinched a silver medal in the 40-44 Age Group.

Spiteri was accompanied by strong contingent from Malta attended the recently held Challenge Poznan, where thousands of athletes from all over the world competed in various triathlon distances.

With the event taking place around the Maltańskie Lake, the Maltese contingent garnered a lot of interest with Spiteri being interviewed by local media.

Challenge Poznań route is considered to be one of the fastest triathlon routes in the world and has resulted in excellent results over the three years since its inception.

Whilst the lake where the swim took place is relatively shielded, weather conditions were nevertheless tough as it was cold and windy - similar to Maltese winters.

Spiteri completed the first segment of the triathlon with a steady swim, followed by an approximate 1 kilometre dash into the transition area. A quick change in transition and Spiteri headed out for the cycle segment, which was held on a very fast, flat course out of the city.

Spiteri’s strength on the bike could be clearly seen with his speed averaging 39km/hour to complete the cycling segment in 2 hours 20 minutes.   With a podium finish becoming more of a reality, Spiteri’s athletics background came into play for him to finish the half marathon in 1 hour 28 minutes and securing a silver medal in the process.

“It has been my dream to secure a podium place in one of these triathlon events, today this dream has become a reality. Months of hard work have finally paid off”, said Spiteri after the Race.

“Apart from the result, the support from the Maltese contingent was amazing and definitely provided that extra boost needed when fatigue starts to kick in. I am grateful towards my sponsors who help make these events possible, in particular – Garmin Malta, Mochika, Wheel Wizard, Specialeyes Opticians, Festina Watches and the Malta Triathlon Federation.

Spiteri’s performance saw him secure 11th overall place from over 1,000 athletes.  Spiteri’s next international commitment will be Ironman 70.3 in Budapest in August.

The Maltese Contingent was made up of Neil Markham and Matthew Ellul who undertook the Standard Distance Race (1.5k swim, 40km cycle, 10k run) and Fabio Spiteri, Josef Bonavia, Glen Zammit, Kevin Muscat, Frank Ellul, Stephen Banavage, Kenneth Camilleri, Ben Mifsud and Victor Sammut under took the Half Iron distance covering 1.9k swim, 90km cycle and 21km run.

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Spiteri jbati b’kundizzjonijiet tat-temp ħżiena biex jirbaħ il-medalja tal-fidda f’Challenge Poznań

It-Triatleta tal-Agones SFC u tat-tim nazzjonali, Fabio Spiteri rebaħ il-medalja tal-fidda, fl-Age Group 40-44, wara il-prestazzjoni li ta matul it-tellieqa Challenge, f’Poznan fil-Polonja. Spiteri spiċċa it-tellieqa f’ħin ta’ 4 sigħat u 30 minuta u 43 sekonda.

F’Poznan, Spiteri kien akkumpanjat minn kontinġent Malti, fejn huma ħadu sehem ma’ eluf t’ atleti minn madwar id- dinja li ikkompetew fid-distanzi Triathlon varji.

Bl-avveniment qed iseħħ madwar il-lag bl-isem Maltańskie, -il-kontinġent Malti ġabar ħafna interess  u saħansitra Spiteri ġie intervistat mill-midja lokali.

Challenge Poznań hija kkunsidrata bħala waħda mit-tlielaq Triathlon l-iktar magħġlin fid-dinja fejn atleti jiksbu riżultati tajbin u fejn saħansitra anke rekords ġew miksura.

Għalkemm il- lag fejn saret l-għawma huwa relattivament protett u milquħ, il- kundizzjonijiet tat-temp kienu xorta waħda iebsa għall-bard u ir-riħ li ġeneralment huma simili għax-xtiewi Maltin.

Spiteri temm l-ewwel sezzjoni tat-tellieqa b’għawma kostanti, segwita min ġirja ta’ kważi kilometru lejn it-tranżizzjoni, fejn Spiteri għamel bidla malajr biex jibda is-sezzjoni tar-rota. Ir-rotta taċ-ċikliżmu kienet miżmuma fuq rotta mgħaġġla li ħadet l-atleti fuq korsa ta’ 90 kilometru madwar il-belt.  Il-qawwa ta’ Spiteri fuq il-rota dehret ċara, meta hu laħaq veloċita’  medja ta’ 39km fis-siegħa biex ilesti ir-rotta f’ħin ta sagħtejn u  għoxrin minuta. B’post fuq il-podju issir aktar ta ‘ realtà, u b’sfond ta’snin fl-atletika, Spiteri temm in-nofs maratona f’1 siegħa 28 minuta u b’hekk żgura midalja tal-fidda fil-proċess.

“Kienet ħolma tiegħi li jirnexxili nirbaħ post fuq il-podju f’waħda minn dawn it-tlielaq. Illum din il-ħolma saret realta. Rajt il-frott ta’ xhur twal t’ impenn.“ tenn Spiteri wara t-tellieqa. “Apparti mir-riżultat, is-sapport li ġie mogħti mill-kontinġent Malti kien immens u tagħni il-kuraġġ li kelli bżonn, speċjalment meta tibda taqa’ l-għajja fuqek.  Grat ħafna ukoll lejn l-isponsors tiegħi, li mingħajrhom ma nkunx nista’ nieħu sehem f’dawn l-attivitajiet, speċjalment lil Garmin Malta, Mochika, Wheel Wizard, Specialeyes Opticians, Festina Watches u il-Malta Triathlon Federation”.

Il-prestazzjoni ta’ Spiteri ratu jieħu il-ħdax il-post fil-klassifika ġenerali, f’tellieqa li ħadu sehem fiha iktar min elf atleta. L-impenn internazzjonali li jmiss għal Spiteri se tkun l-Ironman 70.3 f’Budapest, fl-Ungerija f’Awissu.

Il-Kontinġent Malti kien mgħamul minn Neil Markham and Matthew Ellul li ħadu seem fid-distanza Standard (1.5k ghawn, 40km rota, 10k giri) u Fabio Spiteri,  Josef Bonavia, Glen Zammit, Kevin Muscat, Frank Ellul, Stephen Banavage, Kenneth Camilleri, Ben Mifsud and Victor Sammut li ħadu sehem fil-Half Iron Distance li ikkonsistiet f’1.9k għawm, 90km rota and 21km ġiri.

Fabio Spiteri jiċċelebra bil-bandiera Maltija





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