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Maltese swimmers return with commendable medal haul from Luxembourg meet

Nathan McCleave (left) and Andre Camilleri (right) pose on the podium in Luxembourg.

The Maltese swimmers selected by the Aquatic Sports Association of Malta to compete at the CIJ Meet in Luxembourg have obtained some very satisfactory performances.  

The majority of the swimmers in the contingent managed to progress to the final stages of their respective races.

These were Mya Azzopardi (50m, 100m & 400m Free, 100m Fly), Dylan Cachia 50m Back, 200m and 400m Free), Nathan Cachia (100m Fly), Kristina Camenzuli (50m, 10m and 200m Fly), Andre Camilleri (100m and 200m Back), Jon-Paul Davis (50m, 100m & 200m Fly), Sarah Demicoli (100m, 200m Fly, 200m Free), Luke Ellul Sullivan (50m Free, 50m Breast), Matthew Galea (50m Free), Andrea Mallia (50m, 100m and 200m Breast), Simon Mallia (50m and 100m Fly), Nirvana Micallef (100m Fly), Nathan McCleave (50m Back, 50m Fly), 

Amy Micallef (50m, 100m and 200m Breast), Maya Galea (100m and 200m breast), Rudi Spiteri (50m Fly, 50m Free), Michael Stafrace (50m Breast), Mikhail Umnov (50m and 100m Fly), Martina Valletta (200m Medley) and Thomas Wareing (100m Breast, 200m Medley).

The contingent returned home with two gold medals won by Kristina Camenzuli who touched home first in the 200m fly ahead of team-mate Sarah Demicoli while Thomas Wareing topped the 200m medley.

Nathan McCleave took silver in the 100m backstroke ahead of Andre Camilleri before placing third in the 50m backstroke.

Kristina Camenuli placed second in the 100m fly ahead of Michela Portelli while Andre Camilleri took silver in the 200m back.

Andrea Mallia also grabbed silver 200m breast while Amy Micallef was third in the women’s race.

Dylan Cachia placed second in the 400 metres freestyle while Mikhail Umnov claimed bronze in the 100 metres fly.

The squad was accompanied by national coach Delon Dannhauser, physiotherapist Andrew Pisani, Christine Demicoli as a FINA Qualified Official who officiated throughout the competition and ASA vice-president David Bonello as team manager.

In a statement, the ASA expressed its satisfaction at the results achieved and is looking forward to seeing most of the athletes compete again at the third instalment of the 2021/2022 Time Trials taking place on Saturday at the National Pool in Tal-Qroqq.

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