Andrew Abela continued to put in strong performances at the 35th edition of the Marathon Sables as he continued to gain positions after every stage to continue the climb in the overall standings.
In the fourth stage of the race, athletes have had to cover a distance of 82.5km.
At the start of the stage, Andrew Abela seemed to have the potential to join the top 50 athletes in the overall rankings and so he did.
He completed the fourth stage in a brilliant 23rd position thus elevating himself to the 34th place in the overall rankings.
This stage of the race also proved to be a problematic one for many participants as over 120 athletes retired.
In his late-night call with his coach Kevin Zammit, Andrew sounded in a buoyant mood.
Despite expecting to feel exhausted after such a difficult stage Andrew sounded strong and focused.
This augurs well as we approach the final stage of the race with great potential for the Maltese athlete to retain his position among the top ranked athletes in this epic race.