Maltese Deaflympian athlete George Vella clocked a personal best of 35:04 in 10,000 metres race at the World Deaf Athletics Championships in Lublin, Poland on Monday.
Despite running in unfavourable windy and rainy conditions, Vella claimed 11th place in a race that saw three formidable Kenyan athletes take three of the first four positions.
Symon Kibai Cherono claimed gold dipping under the 30-minute mark with a 29:44 finish time. Swede Otto Kingstedt was the highest-placed European with a 29:44 time.
Vella was back on track on Wednesday evening in his final Deaf event of his 20-year career, a 5,000 metres race.
Once again, he achieved a formidable timing of 16:44, another personal best for him, finishing in 11th place.
Although he was the only Maltese athlete from over 400 participants at these championships, Vella ensured that the Malta flag obtained a respectable place in this event.
Symon Kibai Cherono doubled on Monday’s victory with a 14:25 victory.