If you follow USA Weightlifting at all, the name Jourdan Delacruz is not unfamiliar to you. After all, she holds the American records for the snatch, clean & jerk, and total in the -55kg weight class for both the junior and senior divisions. So heading into the 2020 Weightlifting World Cup in Rome, Italy, it was only fitting that Delacruz move into a different weight class and prove that she is pound for pound one of the best in the sport despite only being 21 years of age.
Check out her record setting 108kg (238lb) clean & jerk from 1K’s Instagram page:
It is clear from how the emotion hit her right as she was about to lock it out at the top that this was a big accomplishment for Delacruz. Not only because that particular lift was so smooth and it locked her for gold in the event, but also because this performance saw her reset all three American records for for the -49kg class after she went six for six including an 87kg (192lb) snatch.
USA’s Morghan King claimed the silver in the -49kg class with a new personal record total of 185kg (408lbs).
Delacruz’s 87kg (192lb) snatch replaced the record standard 84kg (185lb). Her 108kg (238lb) clean & jerk, which is over twice her bodyweight, and her 195kg (430lb) total replaced Alyssa Ritchey’s 107kg (236lb) clean & jerk and 190kg (419lb) total set at the Pan American Championships in April 2019 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
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Last comp of 2019…thank goodness. This year has been physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting having to do 6 meets this year and a weight class change in pursuit of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic team. With all the highs and lows I’m incredibly thankful for the process and the people supporting me each and everyday. Wanted to give a huge shoutout to @micahtaylorsmith who has been helping me with my nutrition and cut to 49. Thank you for being so supportive and being there for ALL my questions haha. Anyways…. 2020 you’re finally here and I’m so ready. 📸 @__kophotography__
According to Delacruz’s post from December, 2019 was “physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting” for her.
She competed in six high level meets, including the Pan American Championships that saw her claim all American records in the -55kg class, and moved down a weight class in pursuit of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
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Went to Gaziantep Turkey this past week with @spencergarnold and @loha0213 and did a thing! Excited for what’s to come #roadtotokyo2020 #Repost @usa_weightlifting with @get_repost ・・・ @jourdannn_14 with a 184kg total in the 49kg category, competing at the International Naim Suleymanoglu Tournament in Gaziantep, Turkey- a #tokyo2020 qualifier! Snatch: 83kg Clean and jerk: 101kg Total: 184kg 🇺🇸💪🇺🇸💪🇺🇸
Although the future of weightlifting at the Olympic Games has been shakey recently, Delacruz’s future as a dominant force in the sport is not.
Who is Jourdan Delacruz?
Jourdan Delacruz is an accomplished American weightlifter who competes in the -55kg and -49kg weight classes.
She holds the all American records in both those weight classes.
Where is the 2020 Weightlifting World Cup?
The 2020 Weightlifting World Cup is held is Rome, Italy.
Jourdan Delacruz won gold in the -49kg weight class.
Feature image from 1K’s Instagram page: @one_kilo_