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Niki Palli

(1987 - )

Nikita (Niki) Palli (born May 28, 1987 in Moldova) is an Israeli athlete competing in the high jump. At the age of 8 he and his family moved from Moldova to Israel, and in 2005 Palli became an Israeli citizen. The same year he improved his personal best from 2.09 to 2.25 meters, and became Israeli champion in high jump. At the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg he finished sixth, after achieving 2.27 meters. At the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing he finished 2nd, jumping 2.29 meters. His current personal best is 2.30 meters, achieved on July 12, 2006 in the 2006 Israel athletics championships in Tel Aviv. This is the Israeli junior record and second best performance for an Israeli high jumper. The record is currently held by Konstantin Matusevich with 2.36 meters. At the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships he finished eighth and last in the final, only clearing 2.15 metres.

Sources: IAAF