Fabio Spiteri and Margaret Seguna crowned new National Long Distance Triathlon Champions Course record set by Slovenian Jaroslav Kovacic
Rough seas and strong headwinds were part of the race package during the Garmin Malta 113k National Long Distance Triathlon Championships which saw two new National Champions being crowned. Fabio Spiteri (Agones SFC) and Margaret Seguna (Mellieha AC) were crowned national champions in what was a hotly contested race fought in a strong athlete pool that doubled in numbers over the previous year.
Slovenian Triathlete, Jaroslav Kovacic, racing for the first time in Malta, showed his dominance from the very start of the race by exiting the swim after twenty three minutes thirty five seconds and kept a consistent distance throughout the race. Second out of the water was Birkirkara St. Joseph’s Graham Borg in a time of twenty six minutes and six seconds. Italian Emilio Cucci exited the water in twenty seven minutes forty four seconds.
The cycle segment gave a better indication of how final places would be taken up with Kovacic and Cucci dominating the first two places. Spiteri’s strength on the bike showed in the cycle segment thus enabling him to move up to third place. Whilst David Galea had the best run from the three Maltese podium finishers it was not enough for him to secure a podium place.
In the end the overall Males category was won by Kovacic who clocked 4 hrs 3 mins and 54 secs and setting a course record in the process. Second placed was Italian Under 23 triathlete Emiliano Cucci who crossed the finish line in 4 hrs 21 mins and 22 secs. Maltese Fabio Spiteri was the third male on the podium and crowned National Champion in a time of 4 hrs 28 mins and 36 secs.
“It was great racing in Malta. Weather conditions were not easy and the bike route was very challenging but am happy to have reached my target time. Malta has shown good potential place for training and hope to bring some other Slovenian Triathletes to Malta hopefully to race and also some training”. Jaroslav Kovacic commented.
In the Maltese Classification, following Fabio Spiteri on the podium where Birkirkara St. Joseph’s Rudolph Agius in second place, clocking a time of four hours thirty three seconds, followed two seconds after by last year’s National Champion David Galea who still managed to shave off forty nine seconds from last year’s time.
In the Female Category Mellieha AC’s Margaret Seguna won her first National Championship title after a hard fought battle with last year’s winner Birkirkara St. Joseph’s Michelle Vella Wood. Seguna was the first female out of the water, followed by fellow Mellieha athlete Donatelle Camilleri. Vella Wood exited the water in third place, a shift in the first two positions was registered on the bike with Vella Wood gaining a substantial advantage over Seguna. Vella Wood’s performance in cycling is going from strength the strength showing the preparation she is undertaking for the Baku 2015 European Games is paying off. In the run Seguna had the better of Vella Wood which resulted her being the first female to cross the finish line in five hours two minutes and twenty six seconds. Donatelle Camilleri completed the podium in third place.
Age Group categories were won by Kelvin Goodwin (Male Over 40). Suzanne Farrugia and Jude Zammit took the Over 50 titles.