Malta Weightlifting Association organizes second Ranking Qualification competition

Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:05

The Malta Weightlifting Association has organized the second Ranking Qualification competition last Sunday, which was held at the Cottonera Sports Complex. The event was split into four different competitions, the first of which saw a good number of Cadents U-12 giving impressive performances, showcasing a substantial improvement in lifting technique. In the boy’s category, Blake Vassallo had a fantastic showing, having completed all six of attempts successfully, totaling 78kg. This was followed by Shardon Cassar and Rylee Borg. In the girl’s category, Amy Victoria Zammit also achieved all six attempts and lifting a total of 49kg followed by Alexia Guiga and Haley Buttigieg.


The category for Boy’s youths u-17 was dominated by two team mates, however rivals on the occasion – Owen Bugeja, who totaled an impressive 166kg and breaking three National Records in the -94kg category and between Kieran Mifsud, who shortly after broke these same records by lifting a total of 180kg and scoring 212 points. In third position, Matthew Grech finished with 188 points.

Meanwhile in the Category for Girls U-17, Nicole Gatt was her usual stellar self by breaking 16 national records in her -58kg category, lifting a total of 122kg and scoring 181 points. This is a very positive result for Gatt, as she prepares for the European Youths Championships, to be held next month in Poland. Trailing behind Gatt was Ivana Micallef with 113 points and followed by Sarah Grixti with 100 points. Also worth mentioning is Mariah Zammit, who placed in 4th position with 95 points – a fantastic result for this newcomer. The female senior category was once again dominated by Nicole Gatt, with her 181 points followed by Jessica Ghigo’s 176 points and Krista Camilleri’s 140 points. Ghigo attempted lifts to break the existing national records, and although very close, failed the complete these attempts.

The Men’s Seniors and final competition saw a close battle between Noel Coleiro, Kyle Micallef and Rodmar Pulis. Pulis was successful in claiming first place after a hard-fought 274 points, and thus winning both the juniors as well as the seniors categories. Trailing behind Pulis was the veteran Noel Coleiro who lifted a total of 232kg and thus achieving 271 points followed by Kyle Micallef’s 223kg and 266 points. These results are very positive and increasingly competitive as the Men’s National Team prepares for their participation at the European Small Nations Tournament next month, to be held in San Marino

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