Malta’s weightlifting queen Yazmin Zammit Stevens dominated on the international stage once again as she for lifted her way to fifth place at the IWF World Championships in Thailand today.
The young athlete remains the only Maltese to compete at this prestigious tournament, going head-to-head against some of the best weightlifters in the world, and damn did she make us proud.
Yaz entered the competition having recently suffered an injury, forcing her to compete at the 71kg weighing in at 69kg, instead of her comfort class at 65kg.
Despite the rollercoaster of emotions that came with the injury, competing in a foreign country and doing so in a different class, Yaz didn’t let it affect her performance and not only did she place in a respectful fifth place in Session B, but she set an all-time personal best doing so.
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??I DID IT?? Against all odds, after months of rehab and a rollercoaster of emotions… I managed to get myself on the World Stage ? . 85/105/190 for an all time personal best total in the 71kg class weighing in at 69kg ❤ Also finished in 5th place in my group ? . To all of you who have followed, supported, messaged, watched me break down and come back up…I genuinely have so much love for you. I promise the best is yet to come ❤ . ?Forever grateful towards my coach @jesmond_carruana , the MWA, The MOC and SportMalta for their amazing help in my weightlifting journey. Also thanks to my physios @rizzonaudij and @stanisavljevic_milos for taking good care of me and my ankle the past few months??♀️? . My main sponsors @appletreenutrition , @eurosportmalta, and @nouveau.lashes.malta …you guys are the best❤ . My family, my man and my friends, who were always there for the worst of my injury, thank you for pushing me through and making me believe in myself ever day ❣❣❣ . ? Pic by the one and only @atginsta
Yaz managed to complete an 85 kg Snatch and 105 kg Clean and Jerk, for a whopping total of 190 kilos.
The lifts didn’t come easy though.
In fact, Yaz was close to failing 85 kg after an initial ruling on her last lift was deemed as a ‘no lift’. However, a technical time out was called as judges came together to discuss Yaz’s lift and after a few tense moments, the ruling was overturned and called as a good lift.
You can see it all unfold in the video below…
“Against all odds, after months of rehab and a rollercoaster of emotions… I managed to get myself on the World Stage,” Yaz said in an Instagram post.
“85/105/190 for an all-time personal best total in the 71kg class weighing in at 69kg. I also finished in 5th place in my group!”
Session A of the women’s 71kg weight class are currently competing as we speak, after which Yaz will receiver her overall world ranking.