International indoor athletics season starts for local athletes
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Over the past weeks the International indoor athletics season took off, with the season locally commencing on Saturday 4th February with the first pre-season meeting to be held at Marsa starting at 13.30 organised by the Malta Amateur Athletics Association.
Some of the top Local National Team athletes have however already taken advantage of the International competitions for their first tests.
Last week Rebecca Camilleri (Pembroke Athleta) compete in Ancona, Italy with some very credible results over the 60m running 7.77sec and 7.76sec for the shortest of sprint distances. On Sunday 29th January her team mate and male counterpart Andy Grech participated in an open meeting in Lee Valley, reaching the final in the 60m to better his personal record to 7.07sec.
Lee Valley, the training base for the Xuereb twins Martina and Francesca, saw some other Maltese athletes test their legs. Martina (La Salle) who this year decided to make the switch back to the 400m event, ran in her first 400m indoor race for some time, winning her heat in a time of 62.20sec. Her twin sister Francesca (La Salle) ran the same distance in 59.69sec also winning her heat. Neil Brimmer (Zurrieq Wolves) ran the same distance on Saturday winning his heat in a time of 52.22 sec, this being a National Best for the distance. He then doubled the distance on Sunday, again winning his heat with a new personal indoor best of 2min 02sec.59.
On the jumpers end, Alessandra Pace (Pembroke Athleta), who is currently studying in the British capital, competed in the triple jump with a great season opener of 11.89m.
This week we will also see the season openers for the recently crowned Sportiva Nazjonali, Diane Borg (La Salle), who will be competing on the indoor European circuit in Vienna (31st January) and Linz (2nd February).
These athletes are also supported by the Malta Olympic Committee through the Elite athlete Schemes.
Photo by Chris Schembri Baldacchino shows Neil Brimmer.