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LUKE BEZZINA IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Eighteen-year old Maltese athlete Luke Bezzina takes a trip down memory lane with Maltasport.com.

What are the highlights of your career so far?

My first international competition was the 62nd edition of the FISEC Games in 2010 in Tours, France. I won a silver medal and a bronze, and that pushed me to train harder. A change in my career performance came this year where I was one of the few Juniors to ever break the 11-second barrier in the 100m dash.

Did this open things up for you as an athlete?

It led to my participation in the GSSE, where I was the youngest starter in the 100m final. I also won a medal at the GSSE, running the first leg in the 4x100m relay. I have also competed at the 2013 European Team Championships and the European Junior Championships in Rieti, Italy.

What's the best thing about being a sprinter?

Being a sprinter involves sacrifice. Apart from love for the competition, I enjoy the respect people show when you represent your country and achieve results. That respect gives me greater strength.

What do you have to sacrifice to be successful?

To be successful you have to give your all, even if you don't feel like it, or if it’s raining or too hot. All the sweat and pain you give will be rewarded at the finish line.

Is there anyone you look up to?

My favourite sprinter is Maurice Greene, former World Record Holder, as he had the best starting phase. I also look up to my coach, Zeljko Aras. Without him I wouldn't be where I currently am.

Photos by: Paul Sultana and Wally Galea
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