Weigtlifting: Malta participates at European Weightlifting Championships

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 14:47

Gavin Muscat

The Junior and U23 European Weightlifting Championships came to an end this weekend in Eilat, Israel. The 6 day long competition saw over 350 top athletes from all over Europe, including Olympic gold medalists from Rio 2016. Malta’s representative at this major event, Yazmin Zammit Stevens, gave a stellar performance in the 69kg category.

She started off with a close miss at 73kg in the snatch, but quickly recovered to make both the second and third attempts at 73kg and 75kg. Feeling confident, she performed the clean and jerk part of the competition perfectly, getting all three of her attempts at 88kg, 91kg and 93kg, totaling at 168kg. This performance placed Zammit Stevens in 1st place in the b group in the snatch, clean and jerk and the total, out lifting athletes from Poland, Turkey, Netherland, Israel, Ireland, Czech Republic, Denmark and Finland. Overall, she managed to place 9th with 7 new national records capping off her 37th national record this year. Jesmond Caruana was selected as international technical official for the competition where he also participated in the EWF congress and the EWF technical meetings.

Both Zammit Stevens and Caruana will be travelling to Doha this week to compete in the 4th Qatar International Cup. These international events would not be possible without the support of the Malta Olympic committee, SportMalta, EWF and AWF.

Il-kampjonati Ewropej tal-Weightlifting għal atleti ta eta anqas min 20 sena w ta anqas minn 23 sena ntemm fi tmiem il ġimgħaġewwa Eilat, l-Iżrael. Il-kompetizzjoni mifruxa fuq  sitt  ġranet rat aktar minn 350 atleti mil-aqwa ta l-Ewropa kollha, inkluż medalisti tad deheb fl’aħħar edizzjoni tal-Olimpjadi  ġewwa Rio. Malta f’dan l-avveniment kienet rapreżentata minn, Yazmin Zammit Stevens, tat prestazzjoni eċċellenti fil-kategorija 69kg.

Hija bdied il kompetizzjoni bil-refa ta 73kilo fil-snatch fejn fallit l-ewwel attentat taħħa iżda malajr irkuprat w agħmlet kemm-tieni u t-tielet tentattivi ta ’73kilo u 75kilo. Fit-tieni parti tal-kompetizzjoni dik tal ‘Clean and Jerk’ kienet aktar kunfidenti w wettqetperfettament it-tliet tentattivi tagħha  88kilo, 91kilo u 93kilo, li jammontaw għal total ta 168kilo. Din il-prestazzjoni  Zammit Stevens  spiċċat fl-l-l-ewwel  post fil-grupp B kemm fil refa ‘snatch’, ‘Clean and Jerk’ u total, Hija irnexxiela tikseb posizzjoni ferm aħjar mill atleti nazzjonali tal- Polonja, Turkija, Olanda, Iżrael, Irlanda, Repubblika Ċeka, Danimarka u Finlandja. Kollox ma ‘kollox, hi rnexxielha tikseb id-disa post fil klassifikazzjoni Ewropeja. Hija irnexxiela wkoll tikser  7 rekords nazzjonali ġodda.

Tul din is- sena Zammit Stevens irnexxiela twaqqaf xejn ghanqas minn 37 rekord nazzjonali. Jesmond Caruana kien magħżul bħala uffiċjal tekniku internazzjonali għall-kompetizzjoni fejn huwa ħa sehem ukoll fil-kungress EWF u l-laqgħat tekniċi fl-istess kumitat.

Kemm Zammit Stevens u Caruana se jivvjaġġaw lejn Doha din il-ġimgħa sabiex jipartecipaw  fil-raba ediżżjoni tal-‘Qatar International’. Dawn l-avvenimenti internazzjonali ma jkunux possibbli mingħajr l-appoġġ tal-kumitat Olimpiku Malti, SportMalta, EWF u AWF.

Yazmin Zammit Stevens





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