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Jonathan Balzan is Malta’s Fastest Ever

Jonathan BalzanA BMW Malta Marathon and Half-Marathon that opened up with a record number of applications – 1050 at the last count – was enlivened by the setting of a new marathon record by Joshua Kipchumba.

It was clear from early on that the Kenyan, winner two years ago with a time of 2:21, was going to go below the 2:19:08 that the Sicily based Moroccan athlete Abdel Kebir Marchanne set back in 2005 such was the pace that he imposed. The questions was by how much. [Read more…]

Jonathan Balzan profile

Jonathan Balzan Paul Grech profiles the late development of local runner Jonathan Balzan

Few take up athletics with the sole objective of becoming the best in their sport. For many, running is a way through which they can stay physically active, a means of relieving the stress of modern life. And if they start to clock good times, ambitions change accordingly.

Jonathan Balzan never considered athletics as anything more than an occasional pastime. Doing a school fun run gave him his first taste of running, and he eventually progressed to the various distance-running events held in Malta. On his own he learnt how to pace himself and on his own he improved his finishing times. [Read more…]