USA Weightlifter Olivia Reeves (71KG) Wins IWF Junior World Championships

Reeves scored the first medals of the competition for the USA.

Olivia Reeves put on a clinic in the 71-kilogram weight class at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championships. The competition began on May 21, 2021, and runs through May 31, but May 27 belonged to the stellar lifts by Reeves. She scored silver in the snatch, gold in the clean & jerk, and gold overall. Here are the full stats from her first-place performance:

Olivia Reeves — 2021 IWF Junior World Championships

Reeves weighed in at 70.75 kilograms.


  • 98 kilograms (216.1 pounds) X
  • 98 kilograms (216.1 pounds) √
  • 102 kilograms (224.9 pounds) √ — silver medal

Clean & Jerk

  • 122 kilograms (269 pounds) √
  • 127 kilograms (280 pounds) √ — gold medal 
  • 130 kilograms (286.6 pounds) X

Total — 229 kilograms (504.9 pounds) — gold medal

The runner-up was Kumushkhon Fayzullaeva of Uzbekistan with a 224-kilogram (493.8 pounds). The bronze medalist was Evgeniia Guseva of Russia, with a 222-kilogram (289.4-pound) total. Check out Reeves’ performance in the video below, courtesy of USA Weightlifting’s (USAW) Instagram page:


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World Champion, Record Holder

Reeves has been a dominant force in the 71-kilogram class for years. She currently holds all three Youth American records at 71-kilograms in the 16-17 Girls division and the clean & jerk record at 64-kilograms in the 14-15 Girls division. Here are those stats:

71KG Youth Records

  • Snatch — 94 kilograms (207.2 pounds), 16-17 Girls
  • Clean & Jerk — 121 kilograms (266.8 pounds), 16-17 Girls
  • Total — 215 kilograms (474 pounds), 16-17 Girls

64KG Youth Records

  • Clean & Jerk — 99 kilograms (218.3 pounds), 14-15 Girls

Before stepping onto the world stage and ranking first at 71-kilograms, Reeves won four National Youth Championships (2017-20) and silvered a fifth in 2016. Additionally, she was on Team USA when they swept team titles at the 2019 IWF Youth World Championships


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2020 Tokyo Olympics

Reeves may not be able to join the official Team USA roster heading to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on July 23 through Aug. 8, 2021, but the momentum of her win on the world stage will surely be felt. Considering that Reeves has maintained her position atop the ranks for so many years, it is just a matter of time before she potentially earns her ticket to an Olympic Games.

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