Dillon Cassar and Joelle Cortis cruised home to a dominant victory in the National 10k Championship organised by Athletics Malta on Sunday, both athletes leading from start to finish on the newly-certified Ta’ Qali route.
For Cassar, this was his third victory in succession on this distance, with the Mellieħa AC athlete first to stop the clock in 30:47, ahead of Evolve’s Gabriel Farrugia in 31:23, with Shaun Galea, also of Evolve, completing the podium in 31:27.
Joelle Cortis completed a memorable double for the Mellieħa athletes, taking home the 10k women championship with a 37:11 finish, well ahead of Roberta Schembri (Evolve – 38:04) and Maria Cumbo (Mellieħa AC – 39:20).
With this race also serving as the second leg of the National Road Running Series, this was also Joelle Cortis’s second successive victory that puts her in prime position to take home the women’s title with one race remaining.
On the other hand, Sunday’s result has blown the men’s title race wide open as Cassar surged at the top of the standings ahead of Shaun Galea.
It’s all to play for also in the clubs’ event with Evolve Endurance Club moving ahead of Mellieħa and LA Salle in both male and female categories, with the final race being decisive to assign all honours at stake.
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