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Physical Therapy Alum Andrew Chetcuti Makes a Splash as Flag Bearer at His Third Olympics

  • MCPHS alum Andrew Chetcuti, DPT ’19, was honored as Malta’s flag bearer at the Tokyo Olympics where he competed in the men’s 100m freestyle swim.

    MCPHS was proud to cheer on alum Andrew Chetcuti, DPT ’19, who competed in the men’s 100-meter freestyle swim at the Summer 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. He swam for the country of Malta, his birthplace, whose national team he has represented in two prior Olympic Games (London in 2012 and Rio De Janeiro in 2016).

    Even before his return to the Olympic pool, Chetcuti received the great honor of being Malta’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony. This is the second consecutive time that Chetcuti has served as flag bearer. Bearing the flag for one’s country at the opening ceremony is an exceptional honor for Olympians, and one that many do not get to partake in due to coaches’ nervousness around the scheduling being too close to their athletes’ event and the amount of time spent in the heat. The Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony took place on Friday, July 23, a humid night with a temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The tough weather caused no sweat off Chetcuti’s back, however. Following the ceremony, he posted on Instagram: “About last night—No better way to kick off the week than having the honor of leading Malta out on the global stage. Race day in 3 days!”

    In addition to being a three-time qualifying Olympic swimmer, Chetcuti is also a physical therapist at Physio/Select Medical and Luna PT in Atlanta, GA. Since his graduation from MCPHS’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in 2019, he has aimed to help rehabilitate other athletes.