USA Weightlifting announced the 24 athletes that will be competing at the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in September. The competition runs from September 18th through the 27th in Pattaya, Thailand.
Team USA is fresh off of a strong showing at the Pan American Games this past week in Lima, Peru. They earned five medals, which is the most won at the Pan American Games by USA weightlifting since 1999.
Here’s a quick rundown as to what went down and who medaled at the Pan American Games:
- Wes Kitts (-109kg): Gold
- Sarah Robles (+87kg): Gold
- Mattie Sasser (-64kg): Silver
- Kate Nye (-76kg): Bronze
- Harrison Maurus (-81kg): Bronze
All of the athletes listed above were also named to the World Championships roster.
In total 12 men and 12 women will be representing USA Weightlifting in Thailand. On the women’s side, nine women will be be competing for Team USA at the World Championships for the second year straight. Those names include, Alyssa Ritchey (49kg), Jourdan Delacruz (55kg), Jessica Lucero (59kg), Hunter Elam (59kg), Mattie Sasser (64kg), Mattie Rogers (71kg), Meredith Alwine (71kg), Jenny Arthur (76kg), and Sarah Robles (+87kg).
On the men’s side there are ten athletes that will be competing for team USA for the second consecutive year, Jordan Wissinger (67kg), Alex Lee (67kg), CJ Cummings(73kg), Harrison Maurus (81kg), Jordan Cantrell (89kg), Jason Bonnick (96kg), Nathan Damron (96kg), D’Angelo Osorio (102kg), Wes Kitts (109kg), and Caine Wilkes (+109kg).
The IWF World Weightlifting Championships is a gold level qualifying event, which means that this competition is a major 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifier for USA’s Olympic hopefuls.
Check out the full roster below:
Team USA Women
|Alyssa Ritchey||49||Team Juggernaut||Max Aita||Perrysburg, OH|
|Morghan King||49||Power and Grace Performance||Spencer Arnold||Dacula, GA|
|Jourdan Delacruz||55||Power and Grace Performance||Spencer Arnold||Dacula, GA|
|Jessica Lucero||59||Academy of Weightlifting||Russell McCarthy||Orange, CA|
|Hunter Elam||59||Mash Mafia Weightlifting||Travis Mash||Winston-Salem, NC|
|Sarabeth Jumper||59 (Reserve)||Catalyst Athletics||Aimee Everett||Muscle Shoals, AL|
|Mattie Sasser||64||Forza Weightlifting||David Ester||Grayslake, Il|
|Kate Nye||71||Team Hercules||Josh Galloway||Oakland Township, MI|
|Mattie Rogers||71||Team O.C.||Danny Camargo||Orlando, FL|
|Meredith Alwine||71 (Reserve)||Mash Mafia Weightlifting||Travis Mash||Virginia Beach, VA|
|Jenny Arthur||76||Unattached||Kevin Doherty||Colorado Springs, CO|
|Sarah Robles||+87||Team Houston||Tim Swords||League City, TX|
Team USA Men
|Jordan Wissinger||67||Garage Strength||Dane Miller||Denver, PA|
|Alex Lee||67 (Reserve)||Alee Athletics||Shahin Nasirinia||Chandler, AZ|
|CJ Cummings||73||Team Divergent||Ray Jones||Beaufort, SC|
|Harrison Maurus||81||Unattached||N/A||Auburn, WA|
|Christian Rodriguez Ocasio||81||California Strength||David Spitz||Pleasanton, CA|
|Jordan Cantrell||89||Mash Mafia Weightlifting||Travis Mash||Clovis, CA|
|John Downey||89 (Reserve)||Academy of Weightlifting||Russell McCarthy||Lake Forest, CA|
|Nathan Damron||96||Mash Mafia Weightlifting||Travis Mash||Winston-Salem, NC|
|Jason Bonnick||96||Vero Beach Weightlifting||Brian Secrest||Loxahatchee, FL|
|D’Angelo Osorio||102||Lift 6 for 6||Rob Earwicker||Vallejo, CA|
|Wes Kitts||109||California Strength||David Spitz||Livermore, CA|
|Caine Wilkes||+109||Little League Weightlifting||Christopher Wilkes||Matthews, NC|
We’re excited to see how these athletes use the next month to prepare for one of the biggest competitions of the year.
Editor’s Note: BarBend is the Official Media Partner of USA Weightlifting. The two organizations maintain editorial independence unless otherwise noted on specific content projects.
Featured image from @usa_weightlifting Instagram page.