Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Competition 2013 Winners
Open water swimming championship winner Neil Agius added a second title by winning the Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Competition 2013, to round up a brilliant season.
Agius finished the race in the best time ever recorded on the route. Maria Camilleri was the first female to finish the race. Fifty-nine swimmers, accompanied by escort boats, started the 5.5km crossing from Qala in Gozo to Marfa in Malta.
Neil Agius won the race in one hour, 11 minutes 13 seconds, followed by Manwel Falzon who finished in one hour, 29 minutes, 32 seconds. Under 17 swimmer Zach Cutajar finished third in 1 hour, 30 minutes, 37 seconds. In the females’ race, Maria Camilleri carried the honours in one hour, 39 minutes, 17 seconds, followed by Margaret Seguna who finished in one hour, 41 minutes, 15 seconds. Denise Buttigeg was the third female to finish in one hour, 50 minutes, 38 seconds.
Thirteen swimmers took part in the fourth edition of the Malta-Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Competition, which was held on the same day and route of the Gozo-Malta race. Simon Zammit was first, finishing the double crossing in 2 hours, 54 minutes, 48 seconds. Gilbert Bartolo finished second in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 24 seconds, and Roberto Demicoli finished third in 3 hours, 4 minutes. The only female participant in this 11-kilometre swim was Marian Belsten, who finished the race in 3 hours, 59 minutes, 56 seconds.
These events were organised by Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club under the auspices of the Aquatic Sports Association of Malta, and sponsored by Festina Watches. The Club would like to thank the sponsors, the Ports and Yachting Directorate of Transport Malta, the Armed Forces of Malta and the Riviera Resort & Spa of Marfa, for their assistance.