Kyle Mi­callef wins in his re­turn

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The Malta Weightlift­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (MWA) or­gan­ised their third rank­ing com­pe­ti­tion of the year at the Cot­ton­era Sports Com­plex.

This com­pe­ti­tion was of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance as it served in part as prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. Be­sides this, it was also an op­por­tu­nity for many other lifters, who have been train­ing hard through­out the sum­mer to show what their ded­i­ca­tion and hard work has come to.

At the end of the com­pe­ti­tion, al­most all ath­letes had regis­tered a com­pe­ti­tion or per­sonal best and many na­tional records were broken along the way. For weightlift­ing in Malta, this was another very pos­i­tive re­sult.

In the first com­pe­ti­tion, two cadets put on a great dis­play. Rylee Borg fin­ished in first with 135 points fol­lowed by Kyle Camil­leri 128 points and Jamie Bar­tolo 78 points.

The youth boys were to fol­low and these too did not dis­ap­point. There was a fierce bat­tle be­tween Kieran Mif­sud and Owen Bugeja who lifted to­tals of 226kg and 220kg re­spec­tively, fol­lowed by Andy Grech in third place, lift­ing 163kg.

The third com­pe­ti­tion saw ex­cel­lent lifts from youth and ju­nior girls. Shazel Gus­man fin­ished in first place in the youths with a to­tal of 105kg which gave her 132 points on the day. Be­sides this, she also set a new clean & jerk na­tional record.

She was fol­lowed by 13 year old Shelby Vas­sallo lift­ing 91kg. Re­becca Fitz placed first in the ju­niors cat­e­gory with a to­tal of 104kg who also set a new na­tional record. She was fol­lowed by Re­becca Scerri lift­ing 75kg.

The 4th com­pe­ti­tion saw Yazmin Zam­mit Stevens and Elisia Sci­cluna in a tight fin­ish lift­ing the to­tal of 145 kg and 142kg re­spec­tively. Zam­mit fin­ished in first with 188 points fol­lowed by Kris­ten Borg with 166 points and Sci­cluna with 164 points.

The last com­pe­ti­tion was for Men se­niors. Tak­ing part in his first com­pe­ti­tion af­ter the Olympic Games last Au­gust was Kyle Mi­callef who was at his best, pro­duc­ing a 272kg to­tal which is a new per­sonal best.

Matthew Camil­leri was sec­ond with a per­sonal best of 235kg. Vlad Bal­dacchino had a great per­for­mance in the snatch part of the com­pe­ti­tion but had some prob­lems with his first two attempts in the clean & jerk. This left him with a pres­sure lift on his third at­tempt and af­ter a few cor­rec­tions, he man­aged to se­cure the lift and a to­tal 233kg.

In this com­pe­ti­tion the re­sults were very close to each other. Eric Sal­iba had an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance lift­ing 222kg, Charles De­gior­gio 198kg, and Yan­nick Pace 193kg. All the re­sults from this com­pe­ti­tion were very pos­i­tive and a great boost for all the lifters who took part.

These pos­i­tive re­sults are the fruit of hard train­ing that the ath­letes have gone through over the last months with two train­ing camps, one in Malta with the Ital­ians spe­cial­ists in Biome­chan­ics, Sport Sci­ence and psy­chol­o­gists. The other camp was just a week ago in Va­len­cia where a num­ber of young ath­letes and coaches par­tic­i­pated thanks to Sport­malta.

Ath­letes Kyle Mi­callef, Matthew Camil­leri and Yazmin Zam­mit Stevens rep­re­sented Malta in an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Ser­bia last week­end where they were ac­com­pa­nied by the Pres­i­dent of the Malta Weightlift­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, Jes­mond Caru­ana.

Kyle Mi­callef com­peted for the first team af­ter the Olympics

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