703 athletes from all over the world including Weightlifting Giants Australia, New Zealand, Nauru, Kiribati, Finland, Canada, South Africa  as well as Malta amongst others participated in this years Weightlifting ELEIKO Email International Tournament where Malta’s very own Zammit Stevens finished in 1st place in the 69kg category from a total of 51 athletes in her group.

After finishing in 4th place in this same tournament last year, Zammit Stevens has managed yet again set another great result this year by finishing on top with her 185kg total. Yasmin out lifted the second place finisher, Lovett from New Zealand, by 7 kg and third place finisher, Abouke from Nauru by 10kg. Along with her Commonwealth Games and Mediterranean Games success, there seems to be no stopping this athlete on her way to reach international success.

Other respectable results from this tournament came from Elisia Scicluna who competed in the 90kg category, where she finished in 4th place overall behind 3 athletes from New Zealand from a total of 30 athletes. 12 year old Tenishia Thorton, only weighing in at 41.7kg finished in 8th place in the 48kg category behind senior athletes from Australia, Nauru, Solomon Island, New Zealand and Guam.

A rookie to the weightlifting world, but definitely an up and coming athlete, Roberta Tabone finished in 10th place in the 69kg category with a 164kg total. Tabone, who is usually known for her performance in crossfit competitions, has recently also ventured into the weightlifting world and has showed promise in her performances.

The Cougars Club from Autsralia won the overall Club competition, followed by the Taborio Club from Kiribati and Rocks Clubs from Nauru. The best club result from Malta came from the Alpha Weightlifting Club women where they finished in 11th place from 43 clubs with a total of 67 points.

703 atleti minn madwar id-dinja inklużi ġganti fil-weightlifting bħall Awstralja, New Zealand, Nauru, Kiribati, il-Finlandja, Canada, South Africa kif ukoll Malta fost l-oħrajn ħadu sehem f’dan it-Tournament Internazzjonali tal-Weightlifting ELEIKO Email International fejn Zammit Stevens spiċċat l-ewwel post fil-kategorija ta 69kilo minn total ta’ 51 atleta fil-grupp tagħha.

Wara li spiċċa fil-4 post f’dan l-istess kampjonat is-sena li għaddiet, Zammit Stevens irnexxiela terġa tistabbilixxi riżultat kbir din is-sena billi spiċċa fuq il-quċċata b’total ta’ 185kg tiegħu. Yasmin kienet segwita minn, Lovett ta New Zealand, b’-7 kilo anqas u t-tielet post, Abouke minn Nauru b’-10kilo anqas. Flimkien mal-Logħob tal-Commonwealth tagħha u s-suċċess tal-Logħob tal-Mediterran, jidher li ma kien hemm l-ebda waqfien ta ‘dan l-atleta fit-triq tagħha biex jintlaħaq suċċess internazzjonali.

Riżultati rispettabbli oħra minn dan it-turnament ġew minn Elisia Scicluna li kkompetew fil-kategorija ta ’90kilo, fejn spiċċat fil-raba post ġenerali minn total ta ’30 atleti. Tenishia Thorton ta 12-il sena, li tiżnen biss f’41.7kilo spiċċat fit-8 post fil-kategorija ta’ 48kilo wara atleti mill-Awstralja, Nauru, Solomon, New Zealand u Guam.

Atleta ġdida fid-dinja tal-weightlifting, iżda definittivament atleta ta suċċess hija, Roberta Tabone li akwistat l-10 post fil-kategorija ta ’69kilo b’total ta’ 164kilo. Tabone, li normalment hija aktar magħruf għall-prestazzjoni tagħha f’kompetizzjonijiet crossfit, dan l-aħħar inaqdet ukoll fid-dinja tal-weightlifting u urit li hija atleta promittenti bil-prestazzjonijiet tagħha.

Il-Klabb Cougars minn Autsralia rebaħ il-kompetizzjoni ġenerali tal-Kladds, segwit mill-klabb Taborio minn Kiribati u l-klabb Rocks minn Nauru. L-aqwa riżultat mil-klabb ta Malta ġie mill-Alpha Weightlifting klabb fil sezzjoni nisa fejn spiċċaw fil-11-il post fost 43 klabb b’total ta 67 punt.

Jesmond Caruana

Malta weightlifting