Malta has obtained its first-ever medal at the Balkan Championships, with Luke Micallef achieving a memorable second place in the Half Marathon held at Niksic in Montenegro.

In a tough hilly race in hot weather conditions, ran at over 650m of altitude, Micallef came home in 1hr 10’41, behind Albania’s David Nikolli and ahead of strong Turkish runner Bahattin Uney.

Among the women, fourth place for Lisa Bezzina, who also took top spot among the Over 40s, with a 1’31’17 timing. The race was also won by an Albanian athlete, Luiza Gega.