Malta achieved a fantastic second place in the fifth edition of the Championships of the Small States of Europe, behind winners Cyprus and ahead of 15 other European nations with a string of superlative performances in Gibraltar.

In this event, Maltese athletes competed against all nations represented at GSSE level are represented but also larger countries such as Georgia, North Macedonia and Armenia, coming back with a fantastic tally of five gold, six silver and three bronze medals, for a total of 14.

The first gold medal of the day came in the 1500m women, with Gina McNamara claiming top spot for Malta in a Championship record time of 4:45.43. She finished ahead of Kosovo’s Gresa Bakraci and Iceland’s Embla Margret Hreminsdottir. McNamara came back home with a medal of each colour, finishing second in the 5k and third in the 800m.

The 200m women race proved to be an all-Maltese affair with Charlotte Wingfield edging out Carla Scicluna as both athletes went on the highest two positions of the podium. Jared Micallef struck gold in the 800m, running the two lap-race in 1:52.87 to finish ahead of Pol Moya of Andorra.

The other silver medal winners included Luke Micallef (3000m steeplechase), Beppe Grillo (100m), Janet Richard (400m) and Rachela Pace (long jump). Carla Scicluna (100m) and Graham Pellegrini (400m) brought home a bronze medal.

Team Malta finished with a grand total of 115 points, just seven behind Cyprus and well-ahead of 15 other nations, Malta’s best-ever placing beyond our shores in this Championship.

Team Malta was accompanied by Technical Director Mario Bonello. SportMalta and the Maltese Olympic Committee supported this delegation.