Kim Camilleri Lagana Shines with Bronze Medals at the European Under 15 Championships
In a remarkable achievement for Malta, Kim Camilleri Lagana, a young weightlifter, displayed exceptional skill and determination at the European Under 15 Championships held in Chisinau, Moldova. Competing in the 45kg category this year finals, Kim secured three bronze medals, adding to her previous title as the 2022 European U15 Champion in the 40kg category.
Kim’s journey to success began in the snatch portion of the competition. Starting with a confident lift of 55kg, she then surpassed her personal best by successfully lifting 57kg. This achievement not only secured her a bronze medal in the snatch but also placed her ahead of her Spanish competitor who lifted a kilo less.
Moving on to the Clean and Jerk, Kim started strong with a lift of 69kg, ensuring her position on the podium for the total category. Determined to push her limits, she then successfully lifted 73kg, surpassing her previous performance. Meanwhile, an athlete from Romania attempted 74kg but failed to secure a successful lift.
In a thrilling battle for the silver medal against Ukraine, Kim went all out on her final attempt, lifting an impressive 74kg. Unfortunately, her Ukrainian rival managed to lift 2kg more, securing the silver medal. Nevertheless, Kim’s extraordinary performance solidified her reputation as a fierce competitor.
Notably, Kim set new national records during the competition. With her 74kg lift in the Clean and Jerk, she surpassed the previous record in that category. Additionally, her total of 131kg, combining her snatch and Clean and Jerk lifts, set a new record for weightlifting in Malta.
The overall competition was won by Ukraine, with Bulgaria securing the second position. Kim remarkable achievements and medals brought great pride to Malta, highlighting her potential for future success in international weightlifting competitions.
Kim Camilleri Lagana outstanding performance in the European Under 15 Championships serves as an inspiration to aspiring weightlifters in Malta and showcases the country’s growing presence in the international weightlifting community.