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Watch: Sailor Katrina Micallef wins bronze medal at ILCA 4 World Championship

Katrina Micallef produced an impressive performance at the ILCA 4 World Championship, after winning an historic bronze medal for Malta.

This result is a significant milestone in Malta’s sailing history, showcasing how a sailor from a small nation can outperform competitors from larger, more established sporting countries.

Micallef triumphed in a field of 150 female athletes representing 45 nations.

Dutch sailors Hieke Schraffordt and Feline Van Ede dominated the regatta as they took the top two berths in the standings.

Schraffordt topped the standings on 42 points, one clear of Van Ede.

Micallef filled the final spot on the podium on 63 points ahead of Italy’s highly-rated sailor Clara Lorenzi (74) and Beata Dokoupilova, of the Czech Republic.

The conditions at the championship were particularly challenging, with big Atlantic waves and a cold north breeze of 15-18 knots testing the physical preparation of the athletes.

Micallef has shown her strength, having worked hard over the winter to prepare for such demanding conditions. Despite these challenges, she managed to excel in her sailing while also studying for her O’ level exams.

Besides the success of the female athletes, Maltese boys also performed admirably in the highly competitive fleet of 280 entries from 47 nations.

Timmy Vassallo, making his debut at the ILCA 4 Worlds, competed in the Gold fleet and finished 39th overall, securing a top 10 position in the U-16 category.

This is another significant achievement for Malta, showcasing Vassallo’s potential.

He is still young, and this experience will help him work his way up, aiming to break his brother Ben Vassallo’s record of 12th overall in the 2023 ILCA 4 Worlds in Greece.

Another newcomer from Malta, who started ILCA 4 very recently, Jonas Micallef finished 189th overall and 50th in the U-16 category, showing promise for future competitions

Katrina’s participation was partly financed and supported by the Maltese Olympic Committee, SportMalta, the Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Malta Sailing Federation.

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