A quartet of female athletes managed to win three gold medals for Malta with some amazing results at the Championship for the Small States.
Janet Richard, Claire Azzopardi and the women’s quartet won gold in the 400m race, long jump and the Swedish relay respectively. The overall effort saw a second-place finish with 110 points, just behind Cyprus at 117 points.
Richard claimed the first Gold medal in the 400 meters when clocking in 55.12 seconds, beating Armenia’s Gayane Chiloyan’s seasonal best at 55.64.
Martha Spiteri also set a new personal best in the first heat as she emerged victorious with a time of 58.29s. Azzopardi too hit a new personal best in the long jump at 6.21m – quite ahead from second place Irma Gunnardsottir at 5.96, and bringing in the second gold medal.
The final gold medal came in a group effort during the Swedish relay when Azzopardi, Scicluna and Richard teamed up with Charlotte Wingfield to end up first with a time of 2:10:37.
As for the men’s quartet, Steve Camilleri, Beppe Grillo, Matthew Galea Soler and Ben Micallef settled for second place behind Moldova with a time of 1:55:84. Daniel Saliba brought in the silver medal in the 110m hurdles and matching his national record.