Wembley weightlifter Mali secures place at London Open in November

PUBLISHED: 18:20 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 18:20 27 August 2014

Weightlifter Flogert Mali

Weightlifter Flogert Mali


Wembley weightlifter Flogert Mali continued his impressive form this summer by securing his place at the London Open in November.

Mali, 18, returned to Crystal Palace stadium at the weekend, where he won a gold medal at the London Youth Games in July, and got his total of 240kg to secure his place at the competition in November.

The youngster, who moved to London from Albania to study English, trains at the west London weightlifting club which is based at Willesden Sports Centre, and his coach Laura Denise believes he can go on to have a long and successful career in the sport.

Denise said: “At his age, what Flogert is able to lift is the norm where he comes from, but over here – he is the exception.

“A lot of Eastern Europeans start out weightlifting from around the age of six. You have to be very committed to take the sport on.

“He is a very dedicated young man who has a lot of potential. He is a different kind of lifter, a lifting machine. It is a pleasure to coach him.”

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