Jordan Delacruz and Kate Vibert Sweep Silver At 2018 IWF Junior World Championships

We’re five days into the 2018 IWF Junior World Championships, which are taking place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from July 6th – 14th. The best junior weightlifters across the world have gathered to go head-to-head and Team USA continues to put strong performances on the platform and rake in the medals. 

Yesterday, we wrote about 69kg weightlifter CJ Cummings sweeping gold and closely missing the Senior American Snatch Record. Check out Cummings’ performance recap here!

On Sunday, Power and Grace athlete Jordan Delacruz (53kg) put on a strong performance sweeping silver, along with breaking a 53kg Junior American Snatch and Total Records with her second 86kg snatch (she closely missed an 88kg third), and 193kg total.

To conclude her performance, Delacruz walked away with a successful 86kg snatch, a 107kg clean & jerk (a lift that ties her current 53kg Junior American Record), and a 193kg total, which was enough to extend her current Junior American Record total by 2kg.

Earlier today, Team Hercules athlete Kate Vibert (69kg) kicked off the morning for USA Weightlifting by setting the tone with a silver sweeping performance.

With her lifting kicking off at a very early stream time of 5:30 AM MST, tired eyes tuned into watch Vibert continue her impressive case as being one of USA’s top 69kg weightlifters. To conclude her performance, Vibert finished with a 100kg snatch, a 125kg clean & jerk, and a strong 225kg total.

While none of her lifts broke any American Junior Records, each lift was no more than 3kg off the numbers the current records. We wrote about Vibert’s 135kg jerk from the blocks two weeks ago, and this consistent performance is another example of how she’s progressing at a strong rate as one of USA’s up and coming young powerhouses. Also, this was Vibert’s first ever international competition.

Today, the only two other American athletes that are set to take the platform are 85kg A Harrison Maurus (10 AM) and 94kg C Matthew Mongomery (11 PM). These times are the stream times, which are set to MST, so convert your time accordingly!

Feature images from @usa_weightlifting Instagram page. 

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