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Young weightlifter Tenishia Thornton becomes Malta’s first ever World Champion
What a historic achievement!

Emma Galea

16-year-old Maltese weightlifter Tenishia Thornton has just made history after becoming the first local athlete to be crowned Youth World Champion at the International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) Youth World Championships.

This year’s edition of the competition took place in León, Mexico.

Tenishia, who competed in the 55kg Women category, went head-to-head with Egypt’s Noura Essam Helmi Abdelbari Mohamed and Mexico’s Maria Jose Hernanandez Verdin. She managed to triumph over both.

The Maltese athlete lifted an impressive 78kg in the snatch category and 100kg in the clean and jerk category. The latter result also meant that Tenishia set a new national record in her weight class.

Having been the top scorer in both categories, Tenishia not only took home the gold, but also became Malta’s first IWF Youth World Champion.

The Maltese lifter was up against 15 other participants from countries all over the world, such as Italy, Turkey, Ecuador, India, and Australia.

Well done, Tenishia!

Facebook/Tenishia Thornton

Facebook/Malta Olympic Committee

14th June 2022


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as my films as she possibly can!

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