The Maltese Olympic Committee is saddened to hear of the passing of former Team Malta athlete Gerald Degaetano who passed away suddenly this morning.

Gerald was one of Malta’s leading athletes especially in the 80s and 90s when he dominated the 5,000m and 10,000m distances. He represented Malta in three editions of the Games of the Small States of Europe in Monaco (1987), Cyprus (1989) where he won a Bronze medal in the 10,000m race and in doing so became the first Maltese athlete to win a medal in athletics. In 1991 he won a silver medal in the same distance in Andorra.
Gerald also represented Malta in the 1991 World Athletics Championships in Tokyo, where he set National Records in the 5,000m and 10,000m distances.

More recently, Gerald was also a prePlay Ambassador and formed part of the Athletes’ Commission, both Maltese Olympic Committee programmes.

The Maltese Olympic Committee conveys its condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.