Malta's oldest Olympian and only competitor at London 1948, sprinter Nestor Jacono, has died at the age of 89.
In 1948 he was selected as the only Maltese Olympian at the Games at London, finishing in fifth position in heat one of the 100 metres behind eventual silver medal winner Barney Ewell of the United States.
In this he followed in the footsteps of a Malta water polo team who reached the quarter-finals of the Amsterdam 1928 Olympic competition, where they lost to eventual bronze medal winners France in the quarter-final, as well as sprinters Alfred Bencini and Austin Cassar-Torreggiani, who each competed in heats at Berlin 1936.
He has been credited with the growth of the MOC to the extent that, earlier this year Alpine skier Élise Pellegrin became Malta's first Winter Olympian in Sochi, where she enjoyed a best finish of 42nd in the slalom event.
Jacono's funeral will take place tomorrow in Sliema.
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