By Paul D. Bowker | June 10, 2016, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Kendrick Farris competes in the men's 85 kg. weightlifting at the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on Aug. 3, 2012, in London.

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Fifteen U.S. weightlifters, including two-time Olympian Kendrick Farris, are in Cartagena, Colombia, for the Pan American Championships.

For eight U.S. men, the competition is an opportunity to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. If the U.S. finishes seventh or better among the nations competing in Colombia, the country will earn one men's Olympic quota spot. The top placed U.S. finisher in his weight class will fill that spot in Rio.

Farris, the only U.S. men's weightlifter at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Norik Vardanian, a silver medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games, will compete Saturday in the 94 kg. weight class. Also lifting Saturday, the final day of the week-long competition, are Wesley Kitts and Donovan Ford in the men’s 105 kg. weight class, and Caine Wilkes in the +105 kg. class.

James Tatum is in the men’s 85 kg. competition Friday, and Marissa Klingseis is in the women’s +75 kg. class.

Earlier in the week, Kathleen Winters won bronze for the U.S. in the women's 48 kg. class.

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