This post, "Five For Friday: Weightlifting" was originally published on Team USA Volleyball.


Five For Friday: Beach Volleyball

Five For Friday: Ice Hockey

Five For Friday: Track and Field

Five For Friday: Triathlon

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.

Download the Team USA app today for breaking news, Olympic and Paralympic team bios, videos and more.

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.


Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This