Universiade day 2 and 3 of competitions

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 15:13

Tuesday 9th July was the second day of competitions in track and field for the Maltese contingent in Kazan. The day started on a very good note, with Rebecca Sare’ performing excellently in her preferred event, the triple jump. Despite being Sare’s first time jumping from the 11m board, her third and final jump was her best, where she once again cleared, 12.01m. Sare’ can now head into her off-season reflecting on her successful year. There is no doubt that this break will be of benefit, allowing her to re-gain her focus and strength as the national record is now clearly in her sights.

Matthew Croker followed by running the 200m. Facing hard competition in the 10th heat, Croker finished the distance in 23.18s. Andy Grech will be the final competitor in Athletics as the long jumper will feature today (11th July) at 11.15am (9.15AM maltese time).

Yesterday 10th July saw the start of the other Maltese athletes in their disciplines. Andrea Agius and Daniel Galea in swimming, and Rodmar Pulis in weightlifting. First off was Andrea Agius in the 100m breaststroke, swimming a time of 1:07:10, a time which is only 0.9 seconds off his national record. Despite his strong swim and third place finish in his heat, Agius did not qualify to the next round.

Daniel Galea was next up in the 50m butterfly, only fifteen minutes later. Galea was off well, and managed to hang on in order to better his seasons best, stopping the clock at 28.31. At the start of this year Galea and his coach decided to change his stroke, replacing the breast stroke with the butterfly, making this his first major competition with his new modified training regime. Galea will need all the recovery he could get as he due back in the pool tomorrow morning, swimming the 200m Individual medley at 9.30AM, with training partner Edward Caruana Dingli in the 200m freestyle.

The last competitor of the day was youngster Rodmar Pulis. The weightlifter was the youngest in the 77kg category. Starting off with the snatch, Pulis straight away cleared 100kg, but failed to record lifts in the his last two attempts( at 103kg and 106kg). Next up was the clean and jerk, Pulis’ stronger area. He recovered superbly from a first failed attempt at 130kgs in the clean and jerk, with the help of his coach Jesmond Caruana and the electric atmosphere in the gym, spurred on Pulis into lifting two new national records, the clean and jerk of 133kgs and his overall total weight 233 kgs. Placing 20th from 29, he beat lifters from countries like the USA, Germany and Romania.

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