The medals keep coming, and the records keep falling at the feet of Team USA at the rescheduled 2020 Pan American Championships. In the 81-kilogram class, Mattie Rogers set new American and Pan American snatch records on her third attempt. She called for 111 kilograms (244.7 pounds) on the barbell and made it look like a routine lift. Her stellar performance saw her go five for six, only missing her 135-kilogram (297.6-pound) clean & jerk opener. She would go on to hit that weight on her second attempt. Here were her stats from the event:
- Snatch — 111 kilograms (244.7 pounds) — American record, Pan American record
- Clean & Jerk — 140 kilograms (308.7 pounds)
- Total — 251 kilograms (553.4 pounds)
If you have not yet seen Rogers’ record snatch, you can do so via the video below, courtesy of the Pan American Weightlifting Federation’s YouTube channel. The lift comes at the 57:10 mark:
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Rogers 111-kilogram (244.7-pound) snatch is two kilograms over the American record standard, and five kilograms more than the previous Pan American snatch record held by Colombia’s Valeria Rivas — scored at the 2018 International CSLP Cup. Roger’s gold-medal total of 251 kilograms (553.4 pounds) was four kilograms more than the runner-up, Leydi Solis of Colombia.
Team USA’s Record-Breaking Performance
Rogers was not the only Team USA member in the 81-kilogram class to hit a snatch record at this event. On Jessie Stemo’s second attempt, she snatched 108 kilograms (238.1 pounds) for a new Pan American record. Of course, it only held until Rogers hit 111 kilograms (244.7-pounds). Stemo also attempted that same weight on her third attempt but missed.
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In addition to Rogers’ performance, four other members of Team USA set new American and/or Pan American records at this competition:
- Cecily Kyle, 45 kilograms
- Clean & Jerk — 96 kilograms (211.6 pounds), American record
- Jourdan Delacruz, 49 kilograms
- Snatch — 89 kilograms (196.2 pounds), American record, Pan American record
- Clean & Jerk — 111 kilograms (244.7 pounds), American record, Pan American record
- Total — 200 kilograms (440.9 pounds), American record, Pan American record
- Taylor Turner Wilkins, 59 kilograms
- Snatch — 95 kilograms (209.4 pounds), American record
- Clean & Jerk — 122 kilograms (269 pounds), American record
- Total — 217 kilograms (478.4 pounds), American record
- CJ Cummings, 73 kilograms
- Snatch — 155 kilograms (341 pounds), American record
Team USA can hope that their remarkable performance at the 2020 Pan American Championships will carry over to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games currently scheduled for July 23 through August 8, 2021.
Featured image: Pan American Weightlifting Federation’s YouTube channel.