Rio 2016 Olympians Morghan King and Sarah Robles are among nearly 400 athletes who are in suburban Chicago this week for the USA Weightlifting National Championships. The competition is Friday through Sunday in the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. The facility is located in Lombard, Illinois.
King is returning to the competitive platform following her American-record performance in the Rio Games. Her lift of 83 kg. (182.9 pounds) in the snatch in the 48 kg. weight class set an American record. She placed sixth in Rio.
King is set to compete in the 53 kg. class on Friday and Robles, a two-time Olympian who won a bronze medal in Rio to break a 16-year medal drought for the country, is competing in the +90 kg. super heavyweight class on Sunday.
Five 2016 national champions are back to defend their titles: Caitlin Hogan, women’s 53 kg.; Jessica Lucero, women’s 58 kg.; Mattie Rogers, women’s 69 kg.; James Tatum, men’s 85 kg.; Caine Wilkes, men’s +105 kg.
Others in the competition include Cortney Batchelor, women’s 53 kg., who broke an American record in March with a lift of 87 kg. in the snatch in the American Open; Colin Burns, men’s 94 kg., a 2014 U.S. champion and American record-holder; and Marissa Klingseis, women’s +90 kg.
“This is going to be a great weekend of weightlifting,” said Phil Andrews, USA Weightlifting CEO. “Each of our sessions is stacked with the very best athletes in our sport.”
The Anaheim Convention Center in California will host the world championships in November.