Sarah Robles Wins Gold for Team USA at the Pan American Championships

Team USA can add another medal to their total at the Pan American Weightlifting Championships, which are currently underway in Miami, Florida.

Just hours after American -105kg athletes D’Angelo Osorio and Wes Kitts won medals — Osorio gold in the clean & jerk and Kitts silver in the snatch and the total — +90kg weightlifter Sarah Robles won gold in her weight class.

Robles, who won bronze for America in Rio last year, snatched 120 kilograms (264.5 pounds), just one kilogram heavier than silver medalist Veronica Saladin from the Dominican Republic and two kilograms heavier than third place finisher in the snatch, Mexican athlete Tania Mascorro. The American record for the snatch remains 128 kilograms (282.2 pounds), set by Cheryl Haworth in 2003.

The snatches were close in this contest, but the clean & jerk is where Robles really separates herself from the field. As each of the other athletes hit their first lifts and their second lifts, Robles waited. Most of the athletes had finished all three of their attempts before Robles took to the stage for her first attempt of 145 kilograms (319.7 pounds), which she easily made.

That won her the gold medal before she’d even made her second lift — the rest of her lifts were just gravy. She went on to clean & jerk 150kg (330.7lb) and finally 155kg (341.7lb) for a total of 275kg (606.3lb), an easy win over second place’s Veronica Saladin, who totaled 265kg.

That’s gold in the snatch, gold in the clean & jerk, and gold in the total for Sarah Robles, the only American to compete in the +90kg weight class. No American records were broken, but that doesn’t diminish the extraordinary achievements of all the athletes who competed.

Featured image via @USWeightlifting on Twitter.

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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