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Mireya Cassar breaks hammer national record in Portugal

Eighteen-year-old national athlete Mireya Cassar has broken her own national record in the women’s hammer throw event, throwing a distance of 48.04m.

Cassar was representing Malta in the U23 final of the European Throwing Cup held in Lieira, Portugal over the weekend.

This was the second time this year that Cassar pushed her limits, having first set the national best at 47.46m, during a meeting at the Hassloch Athletics stadium in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

With this throw, she had eclipsed the previous national benchmark by 61cm, she had set, a testament to her improvement in recent months.

Cassar is currently one of just a few Maltese athletes who has sought to pursue the sport in a professional manner.

Earlier this season she had taken the decision to start a professional athlete’s life in Mannheim, Germany under the tutelage of world renowned throwing coach, Khalid Alqawati.

Despite her young age, Cassar has in recent years also won three national championships in the shotput and another one in the discus and javelin, cementing her force among the Maltese athletics elite.

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