Weightlifting in Malta has just been given a big push, and it’s thanks to people like young athlete Yazmin Zammit Stevens. Breaking national records and impressing in international competitions on a regular basis, Zammit Stevens was recently at it again, breaking two more national records… twice in a row.
This week, as she competed alongside the world’s current leading weightlifters, Yazmin totally rocked the competition by putting a staggering 105kg worth of weights over her head, breaking her previous national records twice (she had just lifted 103 moments before) at the 2018 Mediterranean Games in Terragona, Spain. She also broke her own total weight lifted national record another two times, going from 183 kilos to 185 kilos. We’re feeling weak just mentioning those numbers, let alone trying to lift them.
Only seven other women qualified for the 69kg finals, amongst which were 25-year old Yasmin, Olympic Bronze Medalist Sara Ahmed from Egypt and Multi European Championships Medallist Giorgia Bordignon from Italy.
“It’s a multi-sport event which is organised every four years. It’s a stepping stone towards the Olympics, so the competition level here was pretty high,” Yazmin told Lovin Malta. She placed fifth in Snatch with 80kg and 6th place in Clean and Jerk with the 105kg.
“It felt great going into this competition physically with probably the best prep I’ve ever had,” Yazmin said. “I worked extremely hard during my training camp in Italy and it really showed yesterday.”
These past few months have been a tough challenge for the promising athlete, who thanked her family, boyfriend and friends for their endless support, along with her coach and the Italian team and her numerous sponsors.
This competition marks Zammit Stevens’ sixth international appearance this year, her biggest appearance being at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast back in April.
“Breaking my own records is the only way I get personal best results, so in a way they’re not a big deal as much anymore,” Yazmin told Lovin Malta. “However in this case, breaking a national record in that kind of competition by so many kilos is a whole new feeling. The Olympic Medallist herself spoke to me after the competition and congratulated me, which was insane!”
She was accompanied by her trusted coach Jesmond Caruana, President of the Malta Weightlifting Association and Vice President of the Mediterranean Weightlifting Federation at the Electoral Congress, who helped and supported her throughout her journey.
Yazmin won the Malta Sportswoman Awards of the year four months ago, marking the first time a weightlifter ever made it to the highest award at the SportMalta Awards.