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Watch: Thornton tops 49kg B class at European Championships

Malta rising weightlifting star Tenishia Thornton secured another prestigious result in her career when setting five national records on her way of topping the B category in the 49kg class at the European Championships in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday.

Despite making her first appearance in the continental championships, Thornton managed to keep hold of her nerves to finish at the top of the standings in the B category.

Infact, Thornton managed to lift 70kg in the Snatch and an 89kg lift in the Clean and Jerk which was third successive new national mark in the competition after efforts of 85kg and 87kg in her first two efforts, bettering her previous best by five kilogrammes.

In the end, Thornton finished with a combined score of 159kg – a new national best which is a four-kilogramme improvement on the previous mark.

Thornton finished ahead of Greek lifter Maria Pipiliaridou, who ended with a combined score of 157kg and Moldova’s Hincu Teodora-Luminita (155kg).

This result comes only a few months after her stellar performance in the Youth World Championships, where she finished in third overall with a 155kg total.

The other team member, Yazmin Zammit stevens will be competing next Wednesday at 7:30am (Malta time in the 71kg category.

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