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Dillon Cassar dips under half marathon national record in Berlin race

Malta’s long-distance runner Dillon Cassar dipped under the Malta Half Marathon record when taking part in the Berlin Half Marathon on Sunday.

The Mellieħa AC runner covered the distance in an impressive time of one hour 06.45 seconds to finish 20th overall.

Cassar’s time was well inside the previous record set by Charlton Debono who had clocked a national best of one hour 07.46 seconds.

At the end of the race, Cassar was understandably delighted with his performance and showed his gratitude towards his father Rodney Cassar who trains him everyday.

“Thanks to my coach, my dad, for always working together harder and smarter,” Cassar said.

“Almost 2 minutes off my personal best and one minute on national record. A big thank you goes to my team Mellieħa AC and all my sponsors, my masseur Phillip Cachia and my physiotherapist Mark Spiteri for their incredible help and for always keeping me in good shape.”

The Berlin Half Marathon was won by Felix Kipkoech in a time of 58 minutes and 57 seconds while Joycilline Jepkosgei was the first woman home in 1:05.16.

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