Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club filled the entire podium as the Malta Triathlon Federation kicked-off the 2014 multisport season with a highly charged, drama-filled triathlon race on Sunday 30th March on the Kalkara circuit. The race started with a 1,500-metre swim in the rather cold waters of Rinella Bay, followed by a 39-kilometre very technical and challenging bike segment, and rounding up with a tough 10-kilometre run which finished in the spectacular laguna at Smart City Malta.

Graham Borg, Keith Galea, and Rudolph Agius with Club Secretary General Euchar Camilleri after the race

The Federation organised this race to assess the level of fitness of its national team members and to test their abilities and techniques on a challenging and demanding course chosen to mimic as much as possible the racing conditions that the athletes will be facing in their bid to participate in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

Birkirkara St Joseph’s and three times Malta Triathlon Champion Keith Galea dominated the race from the very start. The Saint had a very fast start in the swimming segment. No one could match the fast pace sustained by the champion. Galea covered the 1,500-meter swim in 21 minutes, closely followed by Club team;mate Graham Borg who came out of the water 37 seconds later.

Saints' national champion Keith Galea cycling himself to top place

Galea tackled the ensuing technical bike at a very high pace. It was only Borg who managed to stay close to Galea.  The Saints’ champion registered the fastest bike segment of the day in a time of 1 hour 8 minutes 44 seconds, thus increasing his lead to one minute, on second placed Borg. In the 10-kilometre run the Keith Galea stamped his authority in the race. The pace he set himself in the run was relentless as he increased the lead with every stride.  He covered the 10 kilometres with the fastest run time of the day in 37 minutes, 58 seconds.

The champion won the race in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 7 seconds, followed by Graham Borg in second place, with a 5 minutes, 30 seconds gap. Rudolph Agius produced a creditable performance to finish third, 8 minutes, 30 seconds behind the winner, to complete an all Saints podium.

In the women’s race, Birkirkara St. Joseph’s current national champion Michelle Vella Wood finshed second in a time of 2 hours, 29 minutes, 11 seconds, two minutes slower than race winner Hannah Pace. Margret Seguna finished third.

Contacted by after the race Galea said that he is very pleased with the performance. He was very satisfied with his swim and run times. On the bike he pushed hard in the early stages in order to consolidate his lead but later opted to save his legs for the final run. There was a strong wind in certain areas of the bike route making it difficult for him to handle the machine properly.

Keith Galea who is under the KMS 20/20 Elite scheme would like to thank his sponsors Garmin Malta, Jaycee Malta, BBB bike Parts Malta, Malta Challenge Marathon, Starbene Shop of Mosta and his club Birkirkara St Joseph for the constant support

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