A trio of Americans medaled on day three of the Pan American Weightlifting Championships on Tuesday in Miami. Mattie Rogers winning silver across the board in the women’s 69 kg. weight class and Angelo Bianco and Harrison Maurus collecting hardware in the men’s 77 kg. class.
Rogers, who holds the U.S. record in the snatch, clean and jerk and total weight in her class, took the silver medal in the snatch with a good final attempt of 100 kg. Rogers was rock solid on her first clean and jerk attempt at 125 kg. and even better on her 130 kg. lift, before bringing it home with her last attempt at 133 kg. to also win a silver medal in that category, and in total weight. She was 5-for-6 in her attempts. Rogers just missed qualifying for the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
Leidy Solis of Colombia won all three categories.
Bianco was originally a reserve on the U.S. team competing at the championships this week, but he’s now a two-time silver medalist.
Bianco finished fourth in the snatch and then came out with a successful first clean and jerk attempt at 175 kg. He bumped up to 182 kg. for his second attempt and had to fight for it but held on for a good lift. For his third attempt, he jumped up 13 kg. from his initial lift to 188 kg. If he failed, he would have finished fifth, but Bianco stunned the crowd with a good lift to earn silver medals in the clean and jerk and silver in total weight.
Maurus, who in April set a new clean and jerk record at the youth world championships with a 192 kg. lift to win both clean and jerk and total, earned the bronze medal in the clean and jerk. He finished with a 186 kg. lift.
Bianco went 5-for-6, and Maurus was 4-for-6.
The reigning junior world champion, Yeison Lopez of Columbia, struck gold in all three categories.
The competition opens the two-year qualification period for the 2019 Pan American Games. It continues on Wednesday with Colin Burns and Nathan Damron competing in the men’s 94 kg. class starting at 7 p.m.Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.