Birkirkara St. Joseph Triath­lete Keith Galea rakes in an­other ti­tle

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Easter Sat­ur­day saw cur­rent Na­tional Duathlon Cham­pion Keith Galea rake an­other ti­tle to win the Mel­lieha AC Sprint Duathlon. Held in Dingli, the race con­sisted of a 5km run, a 20km cy­cle fol­lowed by a 2.5km run.

De­spite hav­ing fought per­sis­tent ill­ness for the past weeks, Galea set him­self a slower pace in the ini­tial 5km run which saw Span­ish triath­lete An­dres Ber­nal first into tran­si­tion.

Bar­nal was closely fol­lowed by Pem­broke Ath­leta duo David Agius Lia and Shaun Galea. Keith Galea en­tered tran­si­tion in fourth place a few sec­onds later. The Birkirkara St. Joseph triath­lete paced him­self well in the bike seg­ment be­com­ing leader of the pack in the fifth kilo­me­tre.

Keep­ing up the pace was Shaun Galea, who fol­lowed him un­til the last hill when Keith Galea threw in his at­tack open­ing a gap which Shaun Galea strug­gled to keep up with. The at­tack con­tin­ued, giv­ing Keith Galea a 20-sec­ond ad­van­tage into tran­si­tion. Giv­ing all he had left in the 2.5km run, Keith Galea in­creased his lead to win his third race of the sea­son in a time of 1 hour 29 sec­onds.

Shaun Galea, nev­er­the­less gave a very fine per­for­mance to cross the fin­ish line in sec­ond place in a time of 1 hour, 1 minute and 9 sec­onds, whilst James Cuschieri fin­ished third in 1 hour, 1 minute and 55 sec­onds.

The Fe­males’ Cat­e­gory was won by Han­nah Pace (1:06:58), fol­lowed by Margaret Se­guna (01:08:44) and rel­a­tive new­comer Ce­line Pace (01:12:47)

Keith Galea, trains un­der the Flexi Train­ing Scheme and un­der the guid­ance of coaches Der­mot Galea and Ivan Rozh­nov. He is grate­ful for the sup­port pro­vided by his club Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club, Malta Triathlon Fed­er­a­tion, the Mal­tese Olympic Com­mit­tee, SportMalta as well as Garmin Malta, BBB Cy­cling Malta, Jaycee Malta, Team Barry Malta Chal­lenge Marathon, DGtri.com, Scott bikes, Sara­cino Cafe, emvigee pr & mar­ket­ing, Star­bene 24/7, Lu­cida Laun­dry.

Na­tional Duathlon Cham­pion Keith Galea won the Mel­lieħa AC Sprint

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