Weightlifting news

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9:07

Malta Weightlifting Association’s young sensation Rodmar Pulis last Tuesday participated in the Arab-Asian Championships held in Doha, Qatar. These served as preparation for the much anticipated Mediterranean Games to be held in Mersin, Turkey next month. Pulis was on top level during this event, breaking two national records – on in the Clean and Jerk lift, and the other in the ‘total’ – having a combined best Clean and Jerk and Snatch of 232kg, which in turn was converted to 293 Sinclair Points. This participation and rock-solid performance solidifies Pulis’ claim to being the only athlete from the Malta team to participate in such a prestigious European Competition – this did imply added pressure on the young Pulis in terms of both environment and level of competition, however the young lifter pulled through in stellar fashion, receiving praise from several top-ranking foreign officials, who also credited Malta Weightlifting Association President and acting coach Jesmond Caruana for the results achieved.

On a more local level, the end of last week saw the Malta Open Championship, held at Cottonera Sports Complex. This event in particular came as a great satisfaction to the many individuals who have, over the years, painstakingly contributed to the advancement of the sport, such as President Jesmond Caruana – a total of forty (40) athletes took part and made the event a memorable one, particularly due to the fact that a vast majority represented the young talent.

With a clear improvement in technique and number of athletes, it is clear that the bar has now been raised – no pun intended – for the local sport of Olympic Weightlifting. In the Female’s section of the competition, Francesca Mercieca topped the list, followed by Beatrix Galea Camilleri and Anthea. The Under-15s was won by Kerian Mifsud, who was preceded by Malcolm Camilleri and Owen Bugeja. The Under-17 Juniors category was a success thanks to the efforts of Mifsud, Camilleri, and Bugeja.

Overall, the Juniors category was won by Rodmar Pulis followed by Kieran Mifsud and Hayden Farrugia. The Seniors was conquered by Matthew Muscat Inglott with an impressive 273 points, followed by Rodmar once more and at third position, the determined Charles Degiorgio.


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