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USAW Athletes to Compete at IWF Grand Prix

Nov. 25, 2013, 4:46 p.m. (ET)

Four U.S. athletes will compete at the IWF Grand Prix and 2nd Baku International Cup Dec. 5-8 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The invitational event will feature limited weight classes, as the U.S. will compete in 53kg and 58kg in women’s, and 62kg and 69kg in men’s.

Age-adjusted ranking determined the following athletes to represent the U.S.:

Jacque Payne (53kg, Colorado Springs CO)
Snatch: 70/74x/74x
Clean & Jerk: 83/86/89x
Total: 156
7th Overall

Darrel Barnes (62kg, Moorestown, New Jersey)
Snatch: 114x/114/118x
Clean & Jerk: 130/140/147x
Total: 254
6th Overall

Cortney Batchelor (58kg, Colorado Springs CO Olympic Training Center)
4th Overall

Michael Hunt (69kg, Acworth, Georgia)
13th Overall

Team USA will be coached by Jose Victor Gallegos (Moorestown, New Jersey).

“Competing at the IWF Grand Prix and Baku International Cup is an excellent opportunity for our program,” said USAW CEO Michael Massik. “Not only is this a chance to compete internationally, but being asked to join a prestigious invitational speaks volumes to the positive direction in which this organization is moving.”

For more information on the event (including scheduling) visit HERE