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More medals for Special Olympics Malta at World Games in Berlin

Special Olympics Malta enjoyed a medal gold rush at the 2023 World Games in Berlin, on Saturday.

The Maltese athletes ended the penultimate day of competition with five gold medals among the several podium places attained in the prestigious Games in Germany.

In athletics, the relay team formed by Anne Marie Bugeja, Jake Gatt, Naomi Axisa and  Matthew Bugeja dominated the X05 level A class to secure the gold medal in a time of one minute 1.41 seconds.

For Anne Marie Bugeja this was her second medal of the day as earlier she took silver in the 100m sprint when clocking 16.61 seconds.

Matthew Bugeja also placed second in the 100m final when completing the distance in 12.96 seconds.

In the bocce competitions, Nevice Grech and Marvic Psaila took the gold medal in the Unified Doubles when they had the better of the team from Special Olympics China in the final.

Bowling also produced several medals on Saturday as Philip Gruppetta and Luke Burke both struck gold in the singles competition.

Gruppetta managed to compile a score of 629 while Burke managed 560 pins.

Natasha Bianchi rolled 380 on her way to a silver medal in the women’s singles while Rachel Chircop also placed second with a score of 470.

Carmelo Pace won another medal in this edition of the World Games when taking the bronze in the men’s time trial when clocking a time of six minutes 44.77 seconds.

In swimming, Maria James took the gold medal in the 50 metres freestyle when touching home in 46.63 seconds.

Doreen Vella was another gold medallist for Special Olympics Malta when winning the Over 30 tournament.

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