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Strong finish for Malta at Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships

Rylee Borg (left) on the podium at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.

The Malta weightlifting team concluded their successful campaign at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Delhi, India on a high note. Rylee Borg, competing in the 81kg category, brought home two silver medals, showcasing impressive strength and determination.

Borg’s journey in the competition had a rocky start during the Snatch portion. However, he managed to lift 102kg and 104kg, displaying resilience and perseverance. Although he found himself in 5th place at this stage, Borg refused to back down.

In the Clean and Jerk segment, Borg showcased his true capabilities, going all out and successfully completing all three attempts at 130kg, 134kg, and 137kg. Notably, the last two attempts set new national records for Malta. With his exceptional performance, Borg managed to surpass his rivals and take the lead in the competition.

However, the Indian athlete demonstrated exceptional strength, ultimately securing the gold medal with a total of 280kg. Despite falling short of the top spot, Borg’s impressive performance allowed him to claim the silver medal for Malta with a total of 241kg. Australia secured the third position with a total of 240kg.

The Malta weightlifting team had an outstanding overall performance in the championships. In addition to Borg’s achievements, the team collectively won one gold, five silver, and one bronze medal, solidifying their status as one of the most successful teams in the competition.

Later in the month, Borg and Kim Camilleri Lagana will participate in the EYOF in Maribor, Slovenia, while Tenishia Thornton will represent Malta in the European Juniors in Bucharest, Romania. These upcoming events offer further opportunities for the Maltese athletes to demonstrate their skills on an international stage.



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