March 9, 2019
13 year old Tenishia Thornton tops the podium at the International Weightlifting Women Grand Prix in Slovenia. The competition that was conveniently set on International Women’s day saw athlete from all over the world participate in the annual event.
The Grand Prix attracted participants from the USA, England, Austria, Germany, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Croatia, Italy, the Netherlands, Nepal, Portugal, Slovenia, Serbia, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Uruguay.
Thornton, who weighed in at 43.35kg, competed in the U14 girls group and finished with an impressive 49kg snatch and 62kg clean and jerk. Her 111kg total was equivalent to 191.21 points and enough to get Gold at the event. Austria finished in second while Croatia placed in third.
She broke number of national records in the 45kg Category U-15, U-17, U-20 and U-23 in the process. In the MWA rankings she reached the highest Intentional level with 87%. Now she is considered one of Malta’s most consistent weightlifters.