National Duathlon Championships 2012: Turning on a majestic performance on the Coast Road, Keith Galea shouted at the world that he is the force to be reckoned with come the triathlon season, as he cruised to victory in the 2012 National Duathlon Championships staged by the Malta Triathlon Association on Saturday, 16 March. Although this was not that much of a surprise, a podium place for fellow Saint Barry Farrugia certainly was.


Brandishing their new black and yellow tri strip, and missing the likes of Triathlon Champion Dermot Galea and National Team triathletes Rudolph Agius and Joanna Calleja, the Saints took a grip of the race from the word go.  Keith Galea and Steve Chetcuti had only Mellieha’s Fabio Spiteri to contend with in the first 5-kilometre run, with Galea running the  distance in 17 minutes 10 seconds, a full thirty seconds ahead of team-mate Chetcuti who finished one second in front of Spiteri.

Galea simply flew in the 26.4-kilometre bike segment of the duathlon, opening a huge gap after cycling the distance in 40 minutes 49 seconds.  Fellow Saint Steve Chetcuti started to struggle, but it was very evident that Barry Farrugia was having a very good cycle, placing himself third at the end of it, behind Fabio Spiteri.  Both Chetcuti and Spiteri were visibly struggling at transition for the final 3 kilometre run.  The latter was seen sitting for a moment before he set off. 

Galea ran a phenomenal 10 minutes 54 seconds to clinch the championship in one hour, eight minutes, 53 seconds.  Notwithstanding his setbacks, last year’s  champions Spiteri managed to hold on to his second place in one hour, 12 minutes, 28 seconds.   Birkirkara St Joseph had the third place on the podium wrapped up with Barry Farrugia and Steve Chetcuti seconds apart from each other with no one in sight behind them.  Farrugia won his first major placing in one hour, 13 minutes, 49 seconds, 18 seconds in front of his team-mate Chetcuti.

The females race was won by Malta champion Danica Bonello Spiteri who finished in one hour, 19 minutes 55 seconds.  In second place finished Birkirkara St. Joseph’s Michelle Vella Wood in one hour, 22 minutes, 10 seconds, ahead of Donatelle Camilleri.  Birkirkara St. Joseph triathlete Suzanne Farrugia won the females seniors category.

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