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Four Americans Collect Eight Medals On Last Day Of Pan Am Weightlifting Championships

By Karen Price | July 27, 2017, 8:48 p.m. (ET)

Sarah Robles reacts after her successful attempt in the weightlifting - women's +75kg competition at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Two-time Olympian Sarah Robles highlighted a stellar final day for U.S. athletes at the Pan American Weightlifting Championships on Thursday in Miami, winning gold across the board in the women’s +90 kg. weight class.

Robles won gold in snatch, clean and jerk and overall, while D’Angelo Osorio took gold in the clean and jerk and Wes Kitts took silver in the snatch and total weight in the men’s 105 kg. class.

In the last event of the competition, super-heavyweight Caine Wilkes took gold in total weight and bronze in the snatch in the men’s plus-105 kg. class.

Robles had the last lift of the snatch competition and went for 120 kg. to secure gold. If she failed, she still would have gotten the bronze, but she nailed it for the top spot. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and first American to medal in the sport since 2000 had already won clean and jerk gold before her final attempt, but went for her third lift at 155 kg. to go 6-for-6 and easily take the day.

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In the snatch, Kitts was successful at 162 kg. and 170 kg., and then set a new American record with a good lift at 175 kg. to earn silver. Osorio went 2-for-3 in the snatch, with good lifts at 140 kg. and 150 kg.

Moving on to the clean and jerk, Osorio opened with 191 kg., bumped up to 202 kg. successfully and wrapped it up with a good lift at 210 kg. for the gold. Kitts opened at 200 kg., missed his second attempt at 208 kg. by majority decision and was not successful at 209 kg. for his third attempt, but the 375 kg. total earned him the overall silver.

Wilkes had a top snatch of 175 kg. to win the bronze. He was 5-for-6 on the day with a final clean and jerk of 219 kg.

The Pan American Championships started on Sunday. More than 280 athletes from 23 countries were set to compete at the meet, which acts as a qualifier for the 2019 Pan American Games.

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.

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