World record broken at Highland Festival Games

Nov. 16—SCOTLAND — A record was broken at the Highland Festival Games held in Scotland this past October.

Reg Patchell, vice president of the Highland Festival committee, which holds the annual event, announced the high score, which was confirmed as a record-breaker by the Ken Gustafson of the association for the North American Scottish Games Athletics.

"A world record was broken at our games this year," Patchell said on social media.

The record for weight over bar was broken by contestant Mike Zolkiewicz.

Zolkiewicz, who is 45, is a native of Connecticut but now lives in Massachusetts. He set a new record of 21 feet, 9 inches.

The contest involves throwing a 56- pound weight over the bar. Since Zolkiewicz turned 40, he has been competing in the Master's Elite Division, which involves throwing a 42-pound weight.

This is the fourth record Zolkiewicz has broken. He's been competing in Scottish games since his collegiate days at Southern Connecticut State University. He broke his first record in 2009 in Canada, and broke two records in 2012, one at a competition in Rhode Island one at games held in Illinois.

His record-breaking throw in Scotland took place at the games held on October 9. The next annual Highland Festival will be at the historic Edward Waldo Homestead in Scotland on October 8.