Team USA Weightlifters Finish Pan Ams With An Historic 43 Medals

New American records were set left and right at the eventful Pan American Weightlifting Championships.

It’s been a heck of a week down in Guatemala. The 2019 Pan American Weightlifting Championships have come to a close and the United States finished with an historic 43 medals and first place in both the men’s and women’s categories.

The talk of the town is revolving around the heavyweights. Sarah Robles was named champion for the third year in a row, hitting three snatches of 118, 122, and 124 kilograms. She missed her first clean & jerk of 151 kilos, but went on to hit 152 and 155 kilograms for a total of 279 kilograms (615 pounds). You can watch her final clean & jerk below — not an American record, but a solid lift all the same.

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Robles wrote on her account,

Wow!! Team USA went absolutely ham at Pan Ams this year. I’ve literally never been on a team this good my entire athletic career! We won 1st place men’s and women’s teams and two of our athletes got the “best lifter” award. As for myself, this is my third Pan Am win. I managed to come out on top and did pretty well considering how awful this training cycle was. Time to get back to the drawing board and do even better at the Pan Am Games. Thanks to everyone for the support!

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Caine Wilks took home the gold in the +109kg class with a 182 kilogram snatch, 219 kilogram clean & jerk, and 401 kilogram total. He missed his second snatch attempt and first clean & jerk attempt but was still named champion, though he told Team USA,

It wasn’t quite the lifts I wanted. I felt like I could’ve hit some bigger numbers, but I ended up hitting what I needed to today. It’s been an awesome week for Team USA, and I’m happy to be able to contribute.

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Wes Kitts, meanwhile, took home gold in the -109kg weight class with a new American record total of 399 kilograms, breaking Wes Barnett’s American record of 395 kilos. His 223 kilogram clean & jerk is both an American and Pan American record.

“It’s huge. I took multiple cracks at it on heavy nights, but I didn’t quite get 223kg,” said Kitts, who also took home gold at last year’s competition. “It feels amazing to knock that down tonight. This was an amazing night and I’m on top of the world right now.”

D’Angelo Osorio also won gold in the -102kg category with a 159kg snatch, 205kg clean & jerk, and 364kg total.

Congratulations to Team USA and all the athletes on their performances this week.

Featured image via @roblympian on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. At BarBend his writing 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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