3rd place for Yazmin Zam­mit Stevens and 4th place for Malta team in Ser­bia

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

A team from the Malta Weightlift­ing As­so­ci­a­tion par­tic­i­pated in the 9th Vladan Mi­hailovic in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Ind­jija, Ser­bia, last Satur­day.

The Mal­tese team con­sist­ing of Yazmin Zam­mit Stevens, Matthew Camil­leri and Kyle Mi­callef, per­formed very well. This com­pe­ti­tion saw eight coun­tries com­pet­ing to­gether namely Ser­bia, Ro­ma­nia, Turkey, Hun­gary, Is­rael, Bos­nia Herze­gov­ina, Slove­nia and Malta.

The com­pe­ti­tion was split in two, rank­ing both the in­di­vid­ual re­sults and those at­tained by a team.

The first com­pe­ti­tion saw 11 fe­male ath­letes com­pete with Zam­mit Stevens achiev­ing a very pos­i­tive re­sult. She man­aged a per­sonal best re­sult by lift­ing a to­tal of 159kg and even man­aged to se­cure a bronze medal in the snatch part of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Sec­ond in ac­tion was Matthew Camil­leri lift­ing a to­tal of 233kg, a good im­prove­ment on his com­pe­ti­tion best in an in­ter­na­tional event.

Kyle Mi­callef was the last Mal­tese ath­lete to take the plat­form lift­ing a to­tal of 269kg and to­talling at 317 points. This re­sult was good enough to sur­pass re­sults by ath­letes from Ro­ma­nia, Bos­nia, Slove­nia and Ser­bia.

The com­pe­ti­tion was very tight and so it was only the last at­tempts that de­ter­mined the fi­nal po­si­tions be­ing calculated on the ath­letes’ body­weight.

Over­all, the Mal­tese team fin­ished in a re­spectable 4th place to­talling 524 points with Hun­gary fin­ish­ing first (634 points) fol­lowed by Is­rael (610 points) and Turkey (543 points).

This com­pe­ti­tion was es­pe­cially im­por­tant for Zam­mit Stevens and Mi­callef as they are in their fi­nal prepa­ra­tions to com­pete in the Com­mon­wealth cham­pi­onship at the end of Oc­to­ber in Malaysia. This is part of the se­ries of com­pe­ti­tions to ob­tain qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Mediter­ranean Games in 2017 and the Com­mon­wealth games in 2018.

Jes­mond Caru­ana, Pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion, was ap­pointed pres­i­dent of the jury dur­ing the same com­pe­ti­tion. The Mal­tese team’s par­tic­i­pa­tion was made pos­si­ble with the as­sis­tance of the Mal­tese Olympic Com­mit­tee, SportMalta and the Ser­bian Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion.

Kyle Mi­callef

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