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Andrew Grech beats Christian Micallef to victory in Marzara del Vallo Half Marathon

Malta’s long-distance runner Andrew Grech beat club team-mate Christian Micallef to victory at the 15th edition of Maratonina di Sicilia which was held at Mazara del Vallo on Sunday.

The 44-year-old Evolve Endurance Club runner completed the half marathon in a time of one hour 13 minutes and 51 seconds while his team-mate Micallef took second place in a time of 1:14.39.

Fabio Cammarato, of Sicilia Running Team, completed the podium when clocking a time of 1:19.51.

The two Maltese athletes dominated the race from start to finish as they led the way throughout with Grech stepping up his pace in the final part of the race to secure victory.

“The race course was very beautiful but the hot and windy conditions made it quite tough. Chris (Micallef) and I ran together for most of the race, pushing continuously each other. Then with four kilometres to go I accelerated my pace to win the race.

“Now I look forward to compete in the final leg of the Running Sicily-Trofeo Nissan Corner Sud that will be held in Palermo on October 22.”

The women’s race was won by Spanish runner Cristina Garcia Conde in 1:33.50 ahead of Luana Russo and Angela Messina.

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