Maltese wrestler Gary Giordimaina wins gold | Sports

A Maltese wrestler has won gold at an international wrestling tournament – the English Wrestling Championships.

Among the Maltese contingent were four athletes, a referee and coach Jesmond Giordimaina.

The athletes showed their skills against aggressive opposition, but one athlete – Gary Giordimaina – dominated his opposition going through four scintillating fights in his -57kg category, to later climb to the top spot on the podium.

The competition, which took place in February at the Windsor Leisure Centre, saw athletes from several countries work out issues on the mat, from Iranians to Russians to Indians.

Those participating in this competition are looking to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, which will take place later this year.

The format of the competition was that of a “knockout style”, meaning that a single loss could be enough to see an athlete go out.

Athletes Nico Zarb and Nathaniel Buttiġieġ D’Ugo lost their respective matches to the group winner and thus found themselves in a repechage match. Nico Zarb took the win but then lost the following match. The last athlete – Adam Vella – lost the first round to the bronze medalist of the group.

The Malta Amateur Wrestling Federation contingent also fielded an international referee, who appeared in several finals that day, in a bid to qualify for a Commonwealth spot as a referee.

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Robert J. King