Thomas Borg & Vlada Kravchenko Complete First Round Of Paralympic Races

 

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Following the end of the Tokyo Olympics, the Paralympics are now in full swing – and Malta’s two Paralympian athletes, Vlada Kravchenko and Thomas Borg, have completed their first round of races!

 

 

Kravchenko, 29, competed in the 50m women’s butterfly heats, finishing last, whilst Borg, 19, competed in the 100m men’s 100m heats, finishing in seventh place out of eight.

 

Borg also achieved a new personal best for himself in the 100m with a 12.01s result! While Kravchenko was slightly short of her own PB, she managed to perform better than the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

 

 

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This isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of them though, with Kravchenko swimming again on 30th August and Borg racing on 3rd September!

 

 

In a press conference, the President of the Malta Paralympic Committee, Joseph Grima, explained that the Maltese para-athletes were starting off at a disadvantage, with financial limitations limiting them from competing overseas more than once a year.

 

 

Malta Paralympic Committee President Joseph Grima had admitted at a press conference that the Maltese para-athletes were starting off at a disadvantage, with financial limitations meaning they cannot compete overseas more than once a year.

 

‘Our para-athletes will be giving their best, but we need to understand that they only compete abroad once a year, which is how much we can afford. They’ll be competing against athletes who compete regularly in high-level competitions.’, he shared.

 

 

Kravchenko herself heart-warmingly shared, ‘As someone told us yesterday: You may be the smallest nation but you have the biggest hearts. We are here to pave the way for the next generation of Para athletes and be the living proof that your dreams are what you make of them.

 

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