Magic Moments: Nedasekau breaks long-standing championship record in Grosseto

Back in 1977, the top films of the year were the first Star Wars movie and Saturday Night Fever while the likes of The Eagles and Boney M had massive international music hits, and high jumper Vladimir Yashchenko – wearing the red vest of the now defunct Soviet Union – went over 2.30m for a championship record at what is now the European Athletics U20 Championships.

The cultural reference points are mentioned to give a sense of how venerable Yaschenko’s mark was and what an achievement it was for Maksim Nedasekau to break it in a competition that was one of the highlights of the Grosseto 2017 European Athletics U20 Championships in July.