Maddy Myers Clean & Jerks 122kg for a New Junior American Record

Maddy Myers has clean & jerked 122 kilograms (267 pounds) at the Junior World Weightlifting Championships in Tokyo, Japan, setting a new Junior American record in the 63kg category and placing 4th overall. Check out a clip of her awesome performance below.

In a post on Instagram, she wrote:

Went 4/6 and ended up with 91kg (200lbs) snatch and a 122kg (269lb) clean and jerk 🏋 Beyond blessed to have my personal coach (CJ Martin) fly all the way out to Tokyo and have (Ben Hwa) to help in the back (as always)

Myers is a familiar name to many weightlifting fans. She was named best lifter at the past two Junior National Championships, won the past two American Open Championships, is the reigning Junior Pan American champion in her weight class, and came in ninth at the last Junior World Championships. She also owns the Junior American records in the clean & jerk and the total… in both the 58kg and 63kg weight classes. (She competed as a 58kg athlete in 2015.)

Below, you can see her set a previous American junior American clean & jerk record in April last year, with a 120kg (264.5lb) lift.

But Myer’s experience in strength sports goes beyond weightlifting, as she is a terrific CrossFit athlete to boot. She was the youngest woman to compete at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit® Games, but she had to withdraw after collapsing from heat exhaustion from completing Murph, later suffering from renal failure and rhabdomyolysis.

She returned to compete at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games with Team Invictus (they placed 14th overall) and in 2017 she came in tenth place in the CrossFit Open for the Southern California region, including a first place finish in the 17.3 workout. It might come as no surprise that 17.3 was heavy on Olympic lifts, consisting of 63 squat snatches and 153 pull-ups. Fortunately, Myers knows how to snatch.

We haven’t even mentioned that she spent her youth as a competitive gymnast and at age 14 competed in America’s national rock climbing team. Maddy Myers is seriously, seriously strong, and she absolutely earned her new Junior American record. Congrats to Maddy and all of her teammates!

Featured image via USA Weightlifting on Facebook/International Weightlifting Federation.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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