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The Malta Weightlifting Association successfully organised the Malta Open championship last Sunday at the Cottonera sport complex.

The first competition of the day was for the cadets. A good number of youngsters; all under the age of 13 participated with the best results for boys coming from Rylee Borg with 131 points followed by Kyle Camilleri 101 points and Jason Spiteri 70 points. The best result for girls U15 came from Shelby Vassallo with 105 Points while the U17 came from Shazel Gusman with 123points, who also managed to set four new national records in the 69kg youths division with a total of 97kg. Andy Grech was the winner of the men’s U20 division with a total of 233 points.

Shazel Gusman

Placing first in the senior womens’ competition was Yazmin Zammit Stevens who lifted a total of 149 kg which gave her 196 points, whilst setting two national in the process in the 69kg division. 2nd place went to Jessica Borg Ghigo with a total of 180 points, followed by Kristen Borg with 157 points.\

Matthew Camilleri

The final competition of the day was men seniors which involved a high number of athletes and produced a great level of lifting. This was the most challenged and hard fought division of the day. First place went for Matthew Camilleri who accumulated 277 points, followed by Kyle Micallef on 255 points and Vlad Baldacchino with 251 points. Very positive results were also produced from a number of new lifters. Yannik Pace gained a total of 233 points whilst brothers Owen and Kurt Camilleri were both just shy of breaking the 200 point mark.

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