Trinacria win sets pace for Spiteri’s Triathlon Season

Friday, May 5, 2017, 15:40

Maria Vella Galea

A Maltese delegation in Sicily showed the mettle Maltese triathletes are made of when some fine results were produced at the Trinacria middle distance triathlon in Sicily.

Although the two hundred twenty participating athletes had to contend with a rough swell, Spiteri managed to keep a good pace to exit in twentieth place straight into transition for the bike segment.  Spiteri had to work hard to get into the front pack and reducing the gap between the other competitors. Spiteri managed to start the half marathon in second place, with a three-minute gap between him and the first placed athlete and a minute gap between him and the third athlete. Pacing himself well, Spiteri built up the tempo to register his fastest 21km – 1 hour 24 minutes, in a middle distance triathlon race to cross the finish line first and finishing the race in a time of 4 hours and 13 mins.

“I was very determined to do well in this race as I feel it would set the pace for the season which this year is a particularly special one for me given that I will be attempting my first double Ironman race (7.6km swim, 360km cycle, 84km run) in Emsdetten, Germany in June. Prior to that I will be racing in Port Macquarie in Australia” remarked Spiteri after the race. “Apart from the great support from other Maltese athletes present for the race, I am particularly grateful towards my sponsors – Garmin Malta, Go&Fun, Wheel Wizard, 24/7 Fitness Gym, Festina Watches, Special Eyes and Mochika”.

Other Maltese athletes registering notable performances were: -

Isabelle Caruana – 2nd Female – (Overall)

Joseph Galea – 1st Male (25 – 29 category) 

Andre Cutajar - 3rd Male – (25 – 29 category)

Karen Amato – 1st Female – (Over 40 category)

David Galea – 1st Male – (Over 40 category)

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