Malta weightlifting was invited to compete as a guest in the French cup, and two of their talented athletes, Tenisha Thornton and Kim Camilleri Lagana, gave outstanding performances. Camilleri Lagana, in the 45kg category, made an excellent start by lifting 53kg in the Snatch, followed by 55kg and 57kg. She continued with the Clean & Jerk, starting at 70kg and rising to 72kg. Her third and final attempt at 74kg was unsuccessful, but she managed to set 20 national records in five different age groups, including U15, U17, U20, U23, and Seniors, with Snatch at 57kg, C&J at 72kg, and two totals at 127kg and 129kg.
Tenishia Thornton, in the 64kg category, started with a Snatch of 81kg, then continued to increase her lifts with 83kg and 85kg. In the Clean & Jerk, she opened at 101kg, missed the Jerk of her 2nd attempt at 104kg, but secured her 3rd attempt at 106kg. She set 6 national records in three different age groups, including U20, U23, and Seniors, with C&J at 106kg and a total of 191kg.
These impressive results were crucial for both athletes, as they are preparing for upcoming high-level competitions. Camilleri Lagana will compete in the IWF World Youth Championships in Durres, Albania on 26th March. While Tenishia Thornton will compete in the EWF Seniors Championships (Olympic Qualification Event) in Yerevan Armenia on 17th April.