Rodmar Pulis broke ten national records and placed second in the Island Games (COJI), which were held in Palermo, Sicily last week.
The Malta Weightlifting Association’s participating athletes were Nicole Gatt, Destiny Vella Busuttil and Rodmar Pulis and they were accompanied by Jesmond Caruana, Mark Farrugia and Stephen Borg.
It was the first international experience for the MWA two young female lifters who competed in the first competition of the games.
Gatt could not give her best performance in weightlifting as she was also involved in athletics and did not have enough recovery time.
However she managed to gain 105 points. Destiny Vella Busuttil gained 107 points passing her rival Piga Emiliana of Sardenia.
This competition was won by Natalia Farina with a total of 135Kg. It has to be mentioned that this month Farina was the athlete representing Italy in the World Championships in Peru.
In the Male Competition Pulis managed to break another ten national records in the youths 77Kg class as well as in the juniors.
Other countries competing were two teams from Sicily, Sardenia, Madeira, and Cyprus.
The 77 Kg class was fought out amongst six lifters and Pulis managed to earn second place, with a total of 211Kg and 267 points.
Pulis managed to pass his rival Scaglia Rosaio who also participated in the World youth Championships. The Category was won by Antonino Pizzolato from Sicily with a total of 236Kg.
The winning team of these games was Sicily. Malta was at a disadvantage as we could never have gained enough points with only one male lifter as teams where formed by four males.
Best Female athlete was won by Natalia Farina and Best Male Athlete was won by Mirco Scarantino both from Sicily.