Weightlifting: Impressive results in Lithuania and important news

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 13:55
  • Note:This article has been posted in both English and Maltese
  • Nota:Dan l-artiklu ġie miktub l-Ingliż u bil-Malti

Gavin Muscat

During past week, the Malta Weightlifting Association has participated in the European Juniors & U23 Weightlifting Championships, at Klaipeda, Lithuania. Representing Malta were Rodmar Pulis and Kieran Mifsud competing in the U23 and Junior sections respectively. In this competition, the Maltese athletes were up against more than 250 athletes from 39 countries.

First on the platform was Rodmar Pulis whom with great form has managed to break the 77kg category seniors National Record in the Clean and Jerk which stood strong for more than 13 years. Pulis successfully lifted 108kg Snatch and 141kg Clean and Jerk to record a total of 249kg earning him the 9th place in Europe.  Pulis’ blinder performance has enabled him to top athletes from countries like Poland, Albania, Netherlands, Ireland, Lithuania and others.

Next up was Keiran Mifsud who despite being one of the youngest athlete in his category didn’t fail to impress on his debut in the European scene. Mifsud competed in the 94kg category for Juniors (U20) and earned valuable experience for the next international events. On the final ranking Kieran has surpassed athletes from Estonia, Russia, Romania and Albania among others. Throughout their stay, the Maltese athletes had to opportunity to train with several Olympians who are preparing for Rio 2016.

The Maltese athletes were accompanied by the president of the MWA, Jesmond Caruana, who also served as an official throughout the championships. During his stay Mr. Caruana participated in the annual congress and technical and scientific committee meetings where he bid and won the right for Malta to organize the European Union Championships in 2016.

Such results inaugurate well for the future of this discipline in Malta and wouldn’t have been possible without the constant support from the IWF, EWF, SportMalta and the MOC.
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Malti

L-Assoċjazzjoni Maltija tal-Weightlifting  għadha kemm irritornat lura mill-Litwanja fejn ipparteċipat fil-Kampjonati Ewropej  Juniors & U-23 ġewwa Klaipeda. Għal Malta refgħu Kieran Mifsud u Rodmar Pulis fil-kategoriji Juniors u U-23 rispettivament. Dan il-kampjonat ra l-parteċipazzjoni t’ iktar minn 250 atleta minn 30 pajjiż.

L-ewwel fl-azzjoni għall-Maltin kien Rodmar Pulis fejn irnexxielu jikser ir-rekord nazzjonali tal- Clean & Jerk fil-kategorija 77kg tal-kbar, li hu rekord li kien ilu mwaqqaf għal iktar minn 13-il sena. Pulis irnexxielu jgħalaq il-kompetizzjoni b’ 108kg fis-Snatch u 141kg fil-Clean & Jerk għal total ta’ 249kg. Permezz ta’ din il-prestazzjoni tajba, Pulis irnexxielu jgħaddi atleti minn pajjiżi bħal Polonja, Albanija, Olanda, Irlanda, Litwanja u wisq iktar, jikseb id-9 post fil-kategorija tiegħu.

Wara kien imiss lil Kieran Mifsud li għalkemm kien wieħed mil-iżgħar atleti fil-kompetizzjoni ma’ naqasx milli jimpressjona fid-debutt tiegħu fix-xena Ewropea. Mifsud ħa sehem fil-kategorija 94kg għall-Juniors (U-20) fejn irnexxielu jikseb esperjenza importanti għall-kompetizzjonijiet internazzjonali li jmiss.  Fil-klassifika finali, Mifsud irnexxielu jgħaddi atleti minn pajjiżi bħall-Estonja, Russja, Rumanija u Albanija fost oħrajn. Waqt iż-żjara tagħhom fi Klaipeda, il-Maltin kellhom l-opportunita’ li jitħarrġu m’ atleti olimpiċi li għaddejin bil-preparamenti tagħhom għal-Olimpjadi ta Rio 2016.

L-atleti Maltin kienu akkumpanjati mill-president tal-għaqda, Jesmond Caruana, li ukoll serva bħala uffiċjal tekniku tul il-kampjonat. Fi Klaipeda, is-sur Caruana ħa sehem ukoll fil-laqgħat għal kumitat tekniku u xjentifiku Ewropew u ukoll attenda għall-kungress annwali fejn irnexxielu jirbaħ lil Malta id-dritt li torganizza il-Kampjonati tal-Unjoni Ewropea tal-2016.

Dawn ir-riżultati jgħatu xhieda tal-ħidma li qed tgħamel din l-għaqda u jawguraw tajjeb għal futur ta’ din id-dixxiplina. Madankollu, dan is-suċċess ma kienx ikun possibli mingħajr l-għajnuna siewja mingħand l-IWF, EWF, Sportmalta u l-Kumitat Olimpiku Malti.

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The Maltese contingent

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Kieran Mifsud

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Rodmar Pulis





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