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Swimming: Ryan Gambin Sets four new records

 - Tuesday, 17 June 2008, 00:00

Malta’s Ryan Gambin continued with his record-breaking spell at the weekend during the Luxembourg Open championships.

On the final day on Sunday, he covered himself with glory among the Maltese contingent as he broke three individual national records and helped the relay team to a new national record in the 4 x 100m medley.

His best result was probably the 50m fly event which he won in a time of 24.50. He had set the previous record in Eindhoven in March, at 24.81 seconds.

The other Maltese boys in this event, Stephen Slee and Robert Micallef, finished 11th and 12th in the preliminaries.

In the 200m fly, he clipped 5.43 seconds to register a new time of 2:07.28, beating the old time set by Kyle Scerri in Spain three years ago. It then stood at 2:12.71.

In the same event, Neil Agius finished sixth in a time of 2:23.68, while Robert Micallef was ninth in 2:28.02

Gambin’s third record came in the 100m backstroke. In this event he also finished second, clocking 1:01.01. He had set the previous record in March at Tal-Qroqq pool on 1:01.69.

In this event, Mark Sammut finished fourth in 1:07.42.

Gambin later helped the relay team to a new national record in the 4 x 100m medley.

The team, consisting of Gambin, Neil Agius, Mark Sammut and Andrea Agius, clocked 4:16.95. The previous record of 4:17.09, had stood since April last year.

In the 50m backstroke, Andrea Agius, Stephen Slee and Daniel Galea finished ninth, 12th and 13th respectively in the preliminaries.

Andrea Agius and Daniel Galea finished fifth and seventh in the 200m breaststroke while Stephen Slee, Mark Sammut and Robert Micallef were 22nd, 23rd and 29th respectively in the 100m freestyle among a field of 56 swimmers. And Neil Agius finished fourth in the men’s 400m individual medley.

In the women’s events, Madeleine Scerri finished a good third in the 50m freestyle in a time of 27.66, while the younger Talisa Pace was fourth in 28.13.

In the women’s 100m fly, Angela Galea was also a good third clocking 1:05.18, while Davina Mangion was seventh in 1:07.83. In the preliminaries, Galea was first in a time of 1:05.10 with Davina Mangion sixth in 1:07.77.

Madeleine Scerri also did well in the 200m freestyle where she finished second in 2:12.34 with Talisa Pace finishing fourth in 2:13.44.

In the 200m individual medley, Angela Galea finished fifth in 2:34.32.

And in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay, the Malta team, consisting of Madeleine Scerri, Angela Galea, Davina Mangion and Talisa Pace, also did well to finish third in a time of 4:13.20.

On Saturday, Gambin had set a new national record for the 50m freestyle when he clocked 23.73 in the final, where he finished third.

In the heats he finished second overall in a time of 24.30 seconds.

He had set the previous record of 23.97 for the event last March when he was taking part in the European Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Gambin had also qualified for the 100m fly event at the Beijing Olympics during the European championships in the Netherlands with a fantastic time of 54.33 seconds.

However, in Saturday’s event in Luxembourg, Gambin could only finish third in 56.41 seconds, behind Georgi Palazov of Bulgaria in 55.02 and Alexandre Bakhtiarov of Cyprus in 55.15.

Madeleine Scerri was the only Maltese winner on Saturday. She finished first in the final of the 100m freestyle clocking 59.36 seconds. Another Maltese youngster, Talisa Pace, finished sixth in 1:01.44.

The Maltese quartet of Madeleine Scerri, Angela Galea, Davina Mangion and Talisa Pace had also registered a good result, finishing second in the 4 x 100 medley, clocking 4:36.01.

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