Sarah Robles (+90kg, USA) Wins 3 Gold Medals to Become IWF World Champion

American +90kg Olympic weightlifter Sarah Robles is the new IWF World Champion. She went 6 for 6 at the Weightlifting World Championships in Anaheim today and took home gold medals for the snatch, clean & jerk, and total.

These were the first gold medals awarded to the United States at this year’s championships and Sarah Robles is the first American woman to be named World Champion since Robin Byrd Goad in 1994.

Her three snatches were made at 118 kilograms (260.1lb), 122 kilograms (269lb), and 126 kilograms (277.8lb). They were the exact same lifts she made at last year’s Olympics in Rio where she earned a bronze medal, USA’s first weightlifting medal in 16 years.

Watch her snatches from today’s performance below.

She returned to the stage to go 3 for 3 with her clean & jerks, culminating in a lift of 158 kilograms (348.3 pounds) and a total of 284 kilograms (626.1 pounds). You can see her winning snatch and clean & jerk below.

Going into the event Robles was up against some serious competition, including New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard and Egypt’s Shaimaa Ahmed Khalaf Haridy, both of whom qualified with higher totals than Roble’s 275 kilograms.

Ultimately, Hubbard and Haridy earned the silver and bronze medals respectively and stood with Robles at the podium as she joyously accepted her gold medal.

This is the second time Robles has earned gold for USA this year. In July, she took home gold in the snatch, clean & jerk, and total at the Pan American Weightlifting Championships. She totaled 275 kilograms (606.2 pounds), beating that performance by a remarkable 9 kilograms today.

Congratulations to Robles and Team USA for their historic win.

Featured image via USA Weightlifting on Facebook.


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