Malta weightlifting organized another successful competition; four clubs participated in this event.
The competition was set in 4 different groups.
The male cadets were won by Rylee Borg with 97 points followed by Bjorn Camilleri, 74 points and Blake Vassallo, 68 points. The female cadets were won by Beatrix Galea, 68 points and Francesca Mercieca, 56 points.
The second competition, for male youths B section was won by Miguel Grixti, 133 points followed by Emersin Bugeja, 119 points and Malcom Camilleri, 118 points. Another two athletes that gave a great performance in this category were Owen Bugeja, 116 points and Kieran Mifsud, 112 points.
Third competition was for females’ youths, this was won by Nicole Gatt, 140 points where she also broke three national records in the 53kg category. Destiny Vella Busutill confirmed 2nd place with 102 points followed by Nadine Gatt 93, points. Seniors female category won by Jessica Ghigo, 140 points followed by Marilyn Grech, 107 points.
In the last competition Hayden Farrugia won the youth A category with 183 points followed by Luka Grixti, 169 points and Joran Farrugia, 153 points. Farrugia also managed to break three national records in the 94 kg category for youths. Men juniors was won by Rodmar Pulis, with 272 points he also closed the competition with 220kg total. The seniors section was won by Chris Schinas, 202 points followed by Charles Degiorgio, 195 points and Matthew Muscat Inglott was third in points, as he did not complete a total.
Now that we are near to the MWA awards, the two athletes that are closest to winning the titles for progress are Malcom Camilleri 55 points for men and Nadine Gatt 27 points for women.
This competition, apart from ranking challenges, served also for selection of national team to participate in the Mediterranean cup next April in Italy.
In this competition Stephen Borg, Rodienne Balzan, Gayle Caruana and Ramona Borg sat the practical examinations for international referee category two. Other technical officials participating in this event were Alfred Ellul Mercer, Rita Caruana, David Saliba, Andrea Caruana together with the MWA president Jesmond Caruana.
Jesmond Caruana is participating in the World youth championships in Kosice, Slovakia as technical official from 17th to 23rd September.