One of the longest-standing records in the history books of Maltese athletics has been broken by youngster Nicolai Bonello on Saturday morning.
Competing in the pole vault, the 16-year-old performed a superlative jump to clear 4.35m during Saturday morning’s Winter Championships organised by Athletics Malta.
The previous record, which stood at 4.25m and was set by Stefan Mohnani, predates Bonello’s birth date, and was achieved back in June 2000.
Bonello is coached by experience trainer Jivko Jetchev, who interestingly coached Mohnani at the time of his record-breaking feat.
Bonello, who cleared 4.35m, has now set in sight standards that would allow him to qualify directly to high-profile international events in the Under 18 category.
Among the women, Peppyna Dalli took home the honours clearing 3.60m.