Young Maltese female weightlifters performed in high level international competition.

 

The 5th European Union Weightlifting Cup was underway this weekend in Innsbruck, Austria. The Maltese team was made up of Shelby Mangion Vassallo and first time international competitor Tenishia Thorton. The meet saw the best athletes from Europe, Italy, Spain, Poland, Austria, Sweden, Croatia, Slovenia and Malta in the U15,  U17 and U20 age groups lift in this important meet, that comes only months before the Youth Olympics qualifying events; the European Youth Championships.

Tenishia Thornton, category (-44kg) and body weight 41.7kg, the youngest athlete present at the championships, performed like a weightlifting veteran, despite this being her first ever international competition. The 12 year old finished with a National Record in the snatch with her 37kg snatch and along with her 51kg clean and jerk broke another national record with her 88kg total finish. The rookie surpassed expectations when she finished in 5th place in the U15 group, finishing ahead of the 14 year old from Sweden. She also finished in 16th overall from the 19 combined U15, U17 and U20 athletes.

In the U17 group, Shelby Mangion Vassallo, category (-69kg) weighed in at a very light 64.8kg. Mangion Vassallo who was competing in this meet for the second year in a row finished with a 58kg snatch and a 70kg clean and jerk. Despite the lifts not being her best, she finished in 6th place in the U17 group.

The athletes were accompanied by national team Coach, Jesmond Caruana, who is also the President of the European Union Confederation.

Il-Ħames edizzjoni tal-kampjonat tal-weightlifting tal-Unjoni Ewropea saru fi tmiem il Ġimgħa  f’Innsbruck , l-Awstrija. It-tim Malti kien magħmul minn Shelby Mangion Vassallo u għal l-ewwel darba kompetitriċi internazzjonali Tenishia Thorton. F`din il kompetizzjoni ipartecipaw  atleti minn madwar l-Ewropa fostom, Austrija, Spanja, Polonja, Italja, Iżvezja, Slovenia, Kroazja u Malta, fil-gruppi tal-età ta ‘l-U15,  l-U17 u l-U20.   Din il kompetizzjoni kienet ferm important minħabba li baqa biss xahar qabel l-avvenimenti li jikkwalifikaw għall-Olimpjadi taż-Żgħażagħ; il-Kampjonati taż-Żgħażagħ Ewropej.

Tenishia Thornton, kategorija (-44kilo) tizen 41.7 kilo,  l-iżgħar atleta preżenti fil-kompetizzjoni tal-weightlifting, Minkejja li din kienet l-ewwel kompetizzjoni internazzjonali tagħha kienet ferm kunfidenti minkejja  l-età ta ’12-il sena. Hija irnexiela wkoll tikser rekord Nazzjonali fil- snatch tagħha stess ta’ 37kilo u flimkien ma ’51kilo clean&jerk, b`totali ta’ 88kilo kisret zewġ rekords oħra nazzjonali. Tenishia qabżet l-aspettattivi meta spiċċat fil-ħames post fil-grupp U15, u spiċċat qabel atleta ta 14-il sena mill-Iżvezja. Hija spiċċat ukoll fis-16-il post ġenerali mid-19-il atleti kombinati U15,  U17 u 20

 

Fil-grupp U17, Shelby Mangion Vassallo, kategorija (-69kilo)  tizen 64.8 kilo. Mangion Vassallo li kien qed jikkompeti f’din il-kompetizzjoni għat-tieni sena konsekuttiva spiċċa b`refgha snatch ta ’58kilo u 70kilo clean & jerk. Minkejja li ma kienitx  ma l-aqwa kompetizzjoni tagħha, hija spiċċat fis-6 post fil-grupp U17.

L-atleti kienu akkumpanjati Kowċ tal-tim nazzjonali, Jesmond Caruana, li huwa wkoll il-President tal-Konfederazzjoni tal-Unjoni Ewropea.

 

Jesmond Caruana