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Positive results for George Vella at World Deaf Athletics Championships

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.

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