Runner Rasmus Mägi flew through his European Athletics Championships 400-meter hurdles semi-final, setting a new Estonian record and securing a spot in the final eight.
Since 1985 the Estonian record - 49.86 seconds – was held by Marek Helinurm. Mägi managed to break it, setting the mark 49.54, sport.err.ee.
Mägi participated in the first semi-final heat, in which he placed third after Serbia's Emir Bekric (49.37) and Germany's Georg Fleischhauer (49.52).
None of the runners in the second and third semi-final heat bested Mägi's time, making him the third-fastest to enter the finals.
The winner will be determined on June 29, with the final eight including Ukraine’s Stanislav Melnikov (49.72), Periklis Iakovakis (49.83), Rhys Williams (49.63) representing Great Britain, Adrien Clemenceau (49.80) from France and Britain’s Nathan Woodward (49.68).