Updated: Five gold medals for Special Olympics Malta in Abu Dhabi
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Updated: Five gold medals for Special Olympics Malta in Abu Dhabi

Two silver medals won in table tennis

Maria Pia Saliba holds her gold medal in Abu Dhabi.

Maria Pia Saliba holds her gold medal in Abu Dhabi.

Special Olympics Malta won its first medals at the World Games currently being held in Abu Dhabi.

Gozitan swimmer Maria Pia Saliba won the first gold medal for the Maltese contingent when she placed first in the 25 metres butterfly.

The second gold medal of the day for Special Olympics Malta came from the track and field events as Ann Ebejer stormed to victory in the 200 metres race.

The Unified Bowling team, formed by Peter Mallia, Philip Gruppetta, Amanda Cini and Jessica Farrugia topped the competition to hand the Special Olympics Malta their third gold medal of the day.

Later in the day, Malta struck success in the cycling competitions.

Here, Guiseppina Galea and Carmelo Pace both won a gold medal in the 2km time trial race.

It is the first time that Special Olympics Malta was represented in such an event.

Guiseppina Galea and Carmelo Pace holding their gold medals in Abu Dhabi.Guiseppina Galea and Carmelo Pace holding their gold medals in Abu Dhabi.

The other two medals won by the Maltese team came in table tennis where Warren Schembri and Doreen Vella both took silver.

The Unified Bowling team won the gold medal in Abu Dhabi.The Unified Bowling team won the gold medal in Abu Dhabi.

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