Janet Richards managed to set a new national standard in the 400 metres race on her way to victory at the National Championships in Marsa on Saturday.
The Pembroke Athleta runner completed the one-lap race in a stunning time of 54.06 seconds.
Her performance was 0.28 seconds faster than the previous national best set by Tanya Blake in 2001.
For Richards, her performance on Saturday further underlined her status as the country’s leading 400 metres sprinter and no doubt will be a good shot in the arm for the young runner in her bid to aim for higher objectives next season.
Richards has enjoyed a lot of success for Malta athletics winning several medals in the Games of the Small States of Europe in recent years.