Local 16-year-old weightlifting champion Tenishia Thornton has just been crowned the Youth World Champion during 2022’s IWF Youth World Championships in Mexico.
The young athlete placed first in the 55kg category, which is a significant improvement over her 2020 performance. Competing against athletes from all over the world, from the USA to Italy to New Zealand to India, Thornton nonetheless pushed Malta to the top of the ranking with a spectacular performance.
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She started off a little rocky with a missed attempt at the 76kg in the snatch, managing to recuperate during her second attempt. She then went on to boost her points with a 78kg lift on the third attempt.
Her clean and jerks were sealed with the 96kg, with her opening lift already placing her the clean and jerk gold and total gold.
But that wasn’t enough for Tenishia as she went on to make a second attempt at 98kg and third at 100kg. The 178kg total meant she was far ahead second place with a difference of 7kg total, with her 100kg being a new national record in the 55kg weight class.