Sarah Robles Earns Two Golds and a Silver At Pan Am Weightlifting Championships

Today marks last day of the 2018 Senior Pan American Weightlifting Championships.

Earlier today, +90kg weightlifter Sarah Robles secured multiple medals for Team USA. Robles ended up going 5/6 on the day and was dubbed the 2018 Pan Am Champion for the women’s 90kg+ weight class.

For her snatch attempts, Robles opened with 119kg, then bumped up to 123kg for another successful attempt. On her third, Robles attempted 126kg, but unfortunately missed. Her 126kg third attempt would have tied her final attempts at both the 2017 IWF World Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 123kg second attempt snatch earned Robles a silver medal.

In the clean & jerks, Robles went 3/3 and put up strong numbers to earn herself a gold medal in the lift. Her attempts started with a 147kg opener, then she progressed to 152kg, and 157kg for a third (1kg shy of her World Championships 158kg final attempt). Check out the 157kg lift below.

These two attempts earned Robles a 280kg total and a gold medal for her weight class.

Last year, Robles was dubbed the 2017 Senior Pan Am Weightlifting Champion as well and hit a 120kg snatch and a 155kg clean & jerk to finish with a 275kg total.

Robles has helped Team USA increase their ranking and upon conclusion of the +105kg weight class we’ll have a better idea where they rank. If Team USA can finish in the top three of this year’s Championships, then they’ll be rewarded with the ability to compete a full team at the 2019 Pan Am Games.

Have you missed our previous 2018 Senior Pan Am Weightlifting Championships coverage? Check out our other articles below. 

Feature image from @usa_weightlifting Instagram page. 


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