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Tenishia Thornton with strong performance at IWF World Championship

Tenishia Thornton. Photo: Malta Weightlifting Association

Sets the stage for Olympic qualification

This past weekend, Tenishia Thornton, a rising star in Maltese weightlifting, showcased her incredible talent at the IWF World Championship held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This competition held immense significance as it was an important step in the journey toward Olympic qualification.

Despite being one of the youngest athletes in the competition, Thornton delivered outstanding results.

Her performance in the Snatch category was particularly impressive. She successfully completed all three attempts, starting with 79kg and progressively increasing to 81kg and finally 83kg. These lifts secured her a commendable 7th position in a fiercely competitive field where every kilogramme mattered.

In the Clean and Jerk, Thornton once again demonstrated her remarkable strength and determination. She initiated with a robust lift of 100kg, setting the tone for her performance. Her excellence continued as she conquered the 103kg mark, securing an 8th-place finish in her group.

Although she narrowly missed her last attempt at 105kg, her exceptional performance outshone competitors from various countries including Great Britain, Slovakia, Venezuela, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Croatia, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Nepal, and Uganda.

This competition held special importance for Thornton as it marked a pivotal moment in her journey to building both strength and confidence, following a challenging period of Matsec examinations. Her determination and unwavering commitment to her sport were evident on the world stage.

Looking ahead, Thornton is set to compete in three more Olympic qualification events. Her next challenge will be the World Cup in Doha, scheduled for December. Following that, she will participate in the European Championships in Antalya in February 2024.

The final qualification event will take place in Phuket in April 2024. These competitions represent crucial opportunities for Thornton to secure her place in the prestigious Olympic Games, further cementing her status as a promising young talent in the world of weightlifting.

This competition could not have been possible without the continuous investment from the Malta Olympic Committee and SportMalta.

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