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Thomas Borg sets 400m national record at Paralympic Games

Thomas Borg completed Team Malta’s commitments in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in style when setting a new national record in the 400 T47 class sprint heats at the National Stadium.

Competing in the second heat of the event, the Maltese Paralympian sped around track in a new personal best time of 55.34 seconds.

Borg’s time was impressive as he shaved over two seconds off his previous best time of 57.73 seconds to set a new national record in his class.

Borg finished the race in sixth place.

Brazil’s Thomas Ruen de Moraes won the race in 49.95 seconds ahead of American Tanner Wright who managed 50.10 and Luis Andres Vasques Segura of the Dominican Republic who stopped the watch at 50.94 seconds.

For Borg this was his second personal best at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo as the young sprinter had also managed to improve his time in the men’s 100m T47 heats when clocking a time of 12.01 seconds.

Borg’s participation in the 400m T47 class sprint heats brings to an end Malta’s participation in the Games which has seen also the participation of para swimmer Vladislava Kravchenko.

The Maltese delegation, headed by chef de mission Julian Bajada, will now take part in Sunday’s closing ceremony before returning home.

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