Colin Burns nearly dominated the men’s 94 kg. weight class, both in performance and strategy, claiming gold in the snatch and total weight and silver in clean and jerk at the Pan American Senior Weightlifting Championships in Miami on Wednesday.
Burns went 3-for-3 in the snatch portion of the competition to take the gold medal with a top lift of 169 kg. The Wisconsin native had to fight through his first attempt at 160 kg. but was successful and landed in first place. His second attempt was 165 kg., and after that he bumped up to 169 kg. for his third and final attempt. With the medal position on the line, he made the lift and forced Marco Machado of Brazil into an unsuccessful try at 170 kg. — a weight that would have bested his personal record by 8 kg — to secure the top prize in the snatch.
Moving on to the first attempt in the clean and jerk, Burns was strong at 191 kg. He was unsuccessful at 197 kg in his second attempt but lifted cleanly at the same weight in his third and final attempt, forcing Machado to try for 201 kg. He was unsuccessful, and Burns secured the top prize in total weight.
Competition concludes on Thursday with D’Angelo Osorio and Wesley Kitts competing in the men’s 105 kg. weight class, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sarah Robles in the women’s +90 class and Caine Morgan and Ethan Harak lifting in the men’s +105 class.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.