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Cheryl Haworth Wins at the 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, but Will Need Bigger Lifts to Make Her Third U.S. Olympic Team

March 02, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release March 2, 2008 Cheryl Haworth Wins at the 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, but Will Need Bigger Lifts to Make Her Third U.S. Olympic Team COLUMBUS, Ohio-Olympic bronze medalist (2000) and two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004) Cheryl Haworth (Savannah, Ga.) won yet another USA Weightlifting National Championship in the women's 75+kg weight class today in Columbus, Ohio, but she will need much bigger lifts in May at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta, Ga. to make her third consecutive U.S. Olympic Team. Haworth, easily won the women's 75+kg weight class, but has lifted much heavier weights in the past and will need to again if she wants to return to the Olympic platform. Haworth totaled just 232kg today (102kg snatch and 130kg clean and jerk) easily outdistancing her nearest competitor today of 210kg, but far from the 250kg that she totaled despite being under 100% healthy in September at the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand."It's done wonders for my confidence just to be physically healthy again,"said Haworth."I have no aches and pains that I have been sort of plagued with for the last two years. I'm really looking forward to this next training cycle (going into the Olympic Trials). I was a little nervous this time, just because I hadn't been healthy and in a competition in a couple of months. To get back on the platform especially when you have such a great audience like we do here at the Arnold Classic with a lot of people coming out to watch it gets the juices flowing. I'm looking forward to the Olympic Trials."The namesake of the Arnold Festival, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the current Governor of the state of California and famous actor, even dropped by to catch some Olympic style weightlifting this morning and distributed the medals for the women's 75kg weight class. Kelly Lynch was the lucky winner that received the gold medal from the"Terminator."On the men's side, Donald Shankle (Wichita Falls, Texas) and Patrick Judge (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won the men's 105kg and 105+kg weight classes respectively. The 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships was hosted by the Columbus Weightlifting Club, Inc. in conjunction with the annual Arnold Sports Festival at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The National Championships were the final domestic event to determine athlete ranking prior to the Olympic Trials. Athletes must be ranked in the overall top 30 for both men and women to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Weightlifting. Action from the 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships was available via the world-wide-web at www.usaweightlifting.com or at 63.241.144.243. With the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the webcast was provided by Network Foundation Technologies, LLC (NFT). 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships Results: Sunday, March 2, 2008 Women's 75kg Weight Class Gold; Kelly Lynch; 198kg total (88kg snatch; 110kg clean and jerk) Silver: Erin Wallace (Shreveport, La.); 190kg total (86kg snatch; 104kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Samantha Zimmerman; 173kg total (73kg snatch; 100kg clean and jerk) Men's 105kg Weight Class Gold; Donald Shankle (Wichita Falls, Texas); 346kg total (158kg snatch; 188kg clean and jerk) Silver: James Moser; 345kg total (160kg snatch; 185kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Cody Gibbs (Shreveport, La.); 339kg total (157kg snatch; 182kg clean and jerk) Women's 75+kg Weight Class Gold; Cheryl Haworth (Savannah, Ga.); 232kg total (102kg snatch; 130kg clean and jerk) Silver: Jenna Bussard (Savannah, Ga.); 210kg total (90kg snatch; 120kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Erin Doyle; 171kg total (78kg snatch; 93kg clean and jerk) Men's 105+kg Weight Class Gold; Patrick Judge (Colorado Springs, Colo.); 367kg total (162kg snatch; 205kg clean and jerk) Silver: Caine Wilkes 353kg total (156kg snatch; 197kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Matthew Rue; 345kg total (165kg snatch; 190kg clean and jerk) Saturday, March 1, 2008 Men's 77kg Weight Class Gold; Lance Frye (Mooretown, N.J.); 317kg total (142kg snatch; 175kg clean and jerk) Silver: Henry Woodard; 302kg total (140kg snatch; 162kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Justin Brimhall (Wichita Falls, Texas); 280kg total (130kg snatch; 150kg clean and jerk) Women's 63kg Weight Class Gold; Carissa Gump (Essex Junction, Vt./Colorado Springs, Colo.); 208kg total (88kg snatch; 120kg clean and jerk) Silver: Natalie Woolfolk (Arnold, Md./Colorado Springs, Colo.); 208kg total (95kg snatch; 113kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Vanessa McCoy (St. Joseph, Mo.); 171kg total (78kg snatch; 93kg clean and jerk) Men's 85kg Weight Class Gold; Innocent Ukpong (Houston, Texas); 318kg total (138kg snatch; 180kg clean and jerk) Silver: Travis Cooper; 313kg total (134kg snatch; 179kg clean and jerk) Bronze; William Roberts; 305kg total (135kg snatch; 170kg clean and jerk) Women's 69kg Weight Class Gold; Cara Heads (Costa Mesa Calif./Colorado Springs, Colo./Shreveport, La.); 206kg total (92kg snatch; 114kg clean and jerk) Silver: Doreen Fullhart (Lisco, Neb./Colorado Springs, Colo.); 201kg total (93kg snatch; 108kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Ingrid Marcum (Chicago, Ill.); 190kg total (87kg snatch; 103kg clean and jerk) Men's 94kg Weight Class Gold; Norik Vardanian (Colorado Springs, Colo.); 355kg total (155kg snatch; 200kg clean and jerk) Silver: Bobby Doyle (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Air Force Academy); 318kg total (140kg snatch; 178kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Matt Devine; 318kg total (135kg snatch; 178kg clean and jerk) Friday, February 29, 2008 Women's 48kg Weight Class Gold; Stacy Suyama (Torrance, Calif.); 156kg total (73kg snatch; 83kg clean and jerk) Silver: Kelly Polly (Atlanta, Ga.); 149kg total (65kg snatch; 84kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Heather Snethen (St. Joseph, Mo./Colorado Springs, Colo.); 135kg total (60kg snatch; 75kg clean and jerk) Men's 56kg Weight Class Gold; Shelton, Gilyard (Valrico, Fla..); 197kg total (85kg snatch; 112kg clean and jerk) Silver: J.T. Barnett (Altamonte Springs, Fla.); 189kg total (81kg snatch; 108kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Christian Calub; 188kg total (85kg snatch; 103kg clean and jerk) Men's 62kg Weight Class Gold; Aaron Adams; 250kg total (107kg snatch; 143kg clean and jerk) Silver: Kyle Yamauchi; 249kg total (110kg snatch; 139kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Nghiep Dinh; 245kg total (110kg snatch; 135kg clean and jerk) Women's 53kg Weight Class Gold; Melanie Roach (Bonney Lake, Wash.); 183kg total (78kg snatch; 105kg clean and jerk) Silver: Niki Myles; 162kg total (75kg snatch; 87kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Jennifer Pejo (Colorado Springs, Colo.); 151kg total (64kg snatch; 87kg clean and jerk) Men's 69kg Weight Class Gold; Henry Brower (Bloomingdale, Ga.); 293kg total (130kg snatch; 163kg clean and jerk) Silver: Caleb Williams (Atlanta, Ga.); 263kg total (113kg snatch; 150kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Christopher Yorkowitz; 257kg total (119kg snatch; 138kg clean and jerk) Women's 58kg Weight Class Gold; Jackie Berube (Escanaba, Mich./Colorado Springs, Colo.); 194kg total (89kg snatch; 105kg clean and jerk) Silver: Amanda Hubbard (Atlanta, Ga./Colorado Springs, Colo.); 185kg total (100kg snatch; 87kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Hilary Katzenmeier; 167kg total (74kg snatch; 93kg clean and jerk) For complete results for the 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships, please visit www.usaweightlifting.org. The United States women have qualified for the maximum of four competition slots for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The number of 2008 Olympic slots was determined by combined team placement at the 2006 and 2007 World Weightlifting Championships. The 2006 World Weightlifting Championships was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, September 30-October 7, 2006 and the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships were held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, September 17-26, 2007. The USA women qualified for the maximum of four Olympic slots based on their final placing of eighth as a team from a combined formula of the 2006 and 2007 World Championships. The USA women had originally placed ninth, but their team ranking improved by one position following the recalculation of team points after doping positives were discovered for teams that had originally placed above the United States. Christmas of 2007 was not as kind to the USA men as the grinch (in the form of the International Weightlifting Federation website) visited, taking away the three Olympic slots that the team had thought they had secured with their performances at the 2006 and 2007 World Weightlifting Championships. At the conclusion of the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand the U.S. men sat in position to secure three Olympic slots with a 27th place combined team finish, making the U.S. the final country to qualify slots for the Olympic Games. As was the case with the women, teams above the U.S. had athletes that received doping positives. Despite no one on the U.S. team testing positive, the U.S. men dropped one position in the overall team rankings when team totals were recalculated, thus losing the three Olympic slots they thought they had earned. The shift in order, due to doping positives by athletes in teams that finished above Team USA, caused a re-shuffling of team points and the final mathematical breakdown moved Chinese Taipei above the United States. The U.S. men will still have the opportunity to qualify two Olympic slots through the Pan American Regional Olympic Qualifying event which is the 2008 Pan American Weightlifting Championships that will be held March 17-22 in Callao, Peru. To qualify for the two Olympic slots, the eight member USA team must finish ranked first or second as a team. For the eight men that will represent the United States at the 2008 Pan American Weightlifting Championships, this event will count as their National Championships in regards to ranking going into the Olympic Trials. A total of 260 athletes will compete in the sport of weightlifting at the 2008 Olympic Games. In accordance with the rules of the International Weightlifting Federation, a country could qualify to enter a maximum of six men and four women for the 2008 Olympic Games. USA Weightlifting will hold the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, May 16-17 in Atlanta, Ga. to determine which athletes will fill the slots it has earned on the women's side and will earn on the men's side. USA Weightlifting will send a team of eight top ranked weightlifters to what promises to be a pressure packed event with Olympic qualification on the line at the 2008 Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Callao, Peru, March 17-22. 2008 USA Weightlifting Pan American Championships Men's Team Derrick Johnson (St. Louis, Mo.), 62kg Weight Class Chad Vaughn (Konawa, Okla./Norman, Okla.), 77kg Weight Class Matt Bruce (Baton Rouge, La.), 77kg Weight Class Kendrick Farris (Shreveport, La.), 85kg Weight Class Zach Krych (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 85kg Weight Class Jeff Wittmer (Florissant, Mo.), 94kg Weight Class Casey Burgener (Bonsall, Calif./Colorado Springs, Colo.), 105+kg Weight Class Zach Schluender (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 105+Weight Class Head Coach: Paul Fleschler (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Assistant Coach: Dennis Snethen (St. Joseph, Mo.) Team Leader: Kyle Pierce (Shreveport, La.) For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, USOC Manager of NGB Media Services in the USOC Media , Public Relations Division at 719-330-2062. This press release is also available on the USOC's media specific website at www.usocpressbox.org.