Karakatsanis to build on fine Inter-varsity display

IT TALLAGHT weightlifter, Alexis Karakatsanis, is hoping to eventually build on his impressive showing in the recent National Inter-varsity Championships held in LIT Thurles Campus.

The Luxembourg competitor finished first in the 85kg division and emerged the Best Male Lifter overall with final lifts of a 97kg snatch and 118kg clean and jerk.

Alex Karakatsanis

IT Tallaght's Alexis Karakatsanis delivered a winning performance at the recent National Inter-varsity Weightlifting Championships

Living in Ireland only for the past six months, this marked his first venture into the Inter-Varsities and he was delighted with the results.

“I felt very pleased winning, since my preparation leading to the competition hadn’t gone as well as I wanted it to, so I was worried things would go poorly.

“For that reason I felt relieved and happy at having my first Inter-varsity competition go so well.

“I have won titles before, but not in Ireland. In Luxembourg, my home country, I won the national championship title and I hold the current Youth records in the Clean & Jerk, the Snatch and the total.

“For now I want to focus on fixing up some technical errors in my form while lifting, since weightlifting is a very technical sport with complex movements. I also want to focus on getting overall stronger and better physically,” he added.

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