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ATHLETICS | Lopez de Haro, Bezzina earn top billing in windy conditions at the Eurosport BSJ 5k Road Running Series in Mtarfa

17th Jul 2019

In: Athletics Post By: Maria

Despite being a sheltered location, the Mtarfa By Pass was still hit by strong winds which made conditions for the second race of the Eurosport BSJ 5k Road Running Series tougher. Organised by the Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club and held under the auspices of the Malta Amateur Athletics Association, the race once again attracted over two hundred athletes.

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Simon Spiteri took the lead from the start but there was no giving up on the possibility of second win from Pedro Lopez de Haro who was hot on Spiteri’s heels from the word go.  Spiteri maintained his lead well into the second lap but Lopez de Haro took the win, with an advantage of seven seconds. Both males registered improved timings from the previous race.  Third placed was Mark Herrera, who crossed the finish line ten seconds after Spiteri and shaved off thirty seconds from the first race.

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Left to Right | 2nd Place - Simon Spiteri, 1st Place - Pedro Lopez de Haro, 3rd Place - Mark Herrera

Games of the Small States double Gold Medal Winner Lisa Bezzina gave a flawless performance to take the female lead from the very start and build a comfortable gap, of over a minute,  between her and second placed Tara Abdilla. Third on the podium was veteran Carmen Hili who improved her time, from the previous race, by twenty seconds.

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Left to Right | 2nd Place - Tara Abdilla, 1st Place - Lisa Bezzina, 3rd Place - Carmen Hili

The third and final race of the Eurosport BSJ 5k Road Running Series will take place on Tuesday 13th August at 18:30hrs.  Athletes wishing to register may do so by visiting https://bkarastjoseph.com/ or by doing so at least one hour before the start of the race on the day. 

Photo Credit: emvigee pr & marketing / Maria Vella-Galea