Weightlifting: National competition held

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 19:44

Gavin Muscat

Malta’s weightlifting organised the last local competition for this year, national championships  this past Sunday. These championships saw both male and female athletes from all age groups break personal best lifts and National records. Rylee Borg had an excellent performance in the cadet category. Borg managed to get 131 points which earned him the top place in his category followed by Kyle Camilleri and Nicolai Muscat. Shelby Vassallo lifted a total of 105kg, winning the Under-15 and Under-17 title for the girls.

Kieran Mifsud put on a great show for all who attended on his first competitive competition back since his year off due to injuries. He went six for six, successfully lifting all six attempts for the snatch and clean and jerk ending with an impressive total of 253kg. He won the under 17 and under 20 title for the +94 kg category, as well as the senior title for the 105kg category. Mifsud set 17 new national records in this single meet in both the junior and senior categories, showing he’s back even better than before and ready to continue where he left off last year.

Another youngster, Owen Bugeja, also had an excellent performance. Bugeja won the 94 kg category for the under 17 and the under 20’s and also managed to place second overall in the same weight category in the senior group. Andy Grech won the 77 kg category for the under 20’s with a total of 182 kg, while Rebecca Fitz won the under 20 title in the 63 kg category with a total of 106 kg which was good enough to break 2 national records.

The women’s senior competition saw its best result from Yasmin Zammit Stevens who, despite only lifting two out of the six lifts, managed the highest total of the day with 159 kg. Zammit Stevens also broke her own clean and jerk national record in the 69 kg category making this her 30th national record for 2016. Elisia Scicluna won the +75 kg category with a total of 151 kg, while Jessica Ghigo won the 75 kg category with a total of 142 kg. The 53 kg category was won by Kristen Borg who lifted a total of 110 kg.

Michael Fava won the men’s senior 77 kg category lifting a total of 188 kg, while Vlad Baldacchino earned his 1st place in the 94 kg category with a total of 230 kg. However, the best results from the men’s senior competition came from Matthew Camilleri who won the 85 kg category lifting a personal best total of 239 kg.

On Friday the 25th of November, a team of six male and two female lifters will fly to London to participate in a tournament.

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Gallery

Elisia Scicluna

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Jessica Borg Ghigo

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Kieran Mifsud

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Kristen Borg

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Matthew Camilleri

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Michael Fava

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Nicolai Muscat

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Owen Bugeja

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Rylee Borg

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Shelby Vassallo

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Vlad Baldacchino

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Yasmin Zammit Stevens

 





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