63 year young Spiteri qualifies for World Championships

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 17:20

Francis Spiteri with his 140kilo squat

Francis Spiteri, 63 years of age was among a group of local powerlifters who qualified to compete at the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation’s World Championships to be held in Glasgow the coming November.  He registered a 140kilo squat, a 70kilo bench press and a 170kg deadlift which enables him to compete in the Master 5 division, a special class for lifters aged 60 to 64 years old.  These lifts were performed during the last competition for the 2011 calendar year of the Malta Drug-Free Powerlifting Association, which was held last Saturday 10th September at Noble Gym, Sliema.

During the same competition held in Sliema, previously third ranked Charles Degiorgio managed to climb up to second place in the National Rankings, with a 540 kilo total.  He broke his own National Record in the squat with a 195 kilo lift, and barely missed out on the deadlift National Record of 235 kilos held by Matthew Muscat Inglott.  Degiorgio was competing in the under 75 kilo division as usual.

67.5 kilo lifter Mark Briffa managed to climb up into third place in the ranking list.  He registered a 485 kilo total, breaking all records in his weight class, previously held by Charles Degiorgio and Daniel Debono.  Both Degiorgio and Briffa had earlier this year qualified for November’s World Championships.

Heavyweight Mario Mifsud, showed he is still Malta’s number one powerlifter, and it seems like he will be occupying top spot for the long haul.  He bounced back from a disappointing one-off negative showing in the National Championships with huge lifts of 250 kilos in the squat, 177.5 kilos in the bench press and 320 kilos in the deadlift.  He will once again try to regain World Champion Status next November in Glasgow.

Teenager Mark Formosa broke the bench press record in the 82.5 kilo weight class with a 140 kilo lift, and barely missed his 150 kilo attempt, which he is sure to nail in the very near future.

Newcomer Ryan Agius performed well, exhibiting good technique throughout all nine lifts.  He showed promise and will sure give the top lifters a good run for top places in the future.

In the equipped division, Kris Mintoff tipping the scales at 91.1 kilos, improved his squat to 235 kilos and his bench press to 155 kilos, while pulling 250 kilos in the deadlift.  He too will be making the trip to Glasgow in November to compete in the assisted lifting.





2 Comments

  1. Sewwa jgħidu: ‘Qatt tgħid kemm jien ‘XIH’: Francis Spiteri irnexxilu jilħaq record tal-Powerlifting 2012 European Championships fil-5 u 6 ta’ Mejju 2012 fil-belt zgħira ta’ Oliveto Citra fl-Italja. Il-Powerlifting saħħaħlu ġismu u ruħu u jgiegħlu jkun pożittiv fil-ħajja u jilħaq l-potenzjal tiegħu. Barra milli huwa pożittiv, Francis Spiteri jemmen fit-tagħlim tul il-ħajja u hu ta’ eżempju għall-anżjani oħra biex iżommu ruħom attivi fil-ħajja kemm jista’ jkun.

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  2. David Scicluna says:

    Well done Mr Spiteri. Meta nara u naqra stejjer fuq nies bhalek u izjed u izjed ghall-eta` li ghandek, nintela b`kuragg. Jien ghandi 42 sena u xi kultant nghid qieghed nixjieh ghax naqta qalbi xi kultant, Prosit Frans. Sahha.

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