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Janet Richard sets new 400m record at European Team Championships

Malta’s participation at the European Team Championships in Silesia, Poland started off with a bang as Janet Richard finished second in the 400m race and set a new national record in the race.

The Maltese sprinter broke new ground at the Poland championships as she managed to break the 53-second barrier in the 400m.

The GSSE gold medallist completed the one-lap race in a time of 52.37 seconds to lower her own previous national standard of 53.49 she had set in last year’s Euro Championships in Munich, by almost a second.

The race was won by the Irish athlete Sharlene Mawdsley in 51.55s.

Among the men, Graham Pellegrini just missed out on a place on the pdoium when he finished in fourth place in a time of 47.47s. Albania’s Franco Burraj won the race in 46.30.

On the field, Mireya Cassar threw 11.44m, in the shotput earning her 8th place, while Antonella Chouhal placed 7th in the discus with a throw of 31.70m also a season best for her.

In the 5,000m, Lisa Bezzina fresh from her 5000m silver at the GSSE, completed her race in hot conditions in 17:38.54, achieving sixth place for Malta in a very strong event won by Albanian Luiza Gega in 15:32.39. Gega is a gold and silver medallist at European Championship level.

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