USA Weightlifting Features Seven Athletes to Re...

Seven Athletes to Represent Team USA at Aquece Rio Weightlifting Test Event

By Anna Resman | March 31, 2016, 8 a.m. (ET)

With the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games only four months away, the Rio 2016 Committee remains focused on preparing and testing event operations. Next week, seven athletes will travel south to represent the United States at the Aquece Rio Weightlifting Test Event in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Aquece Rio is the official test event program for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Forty-five sports and over 7,000 athletes are included in this program. The Rio 2016 Committee is leading the execution of Aquece Rio, in collaboration with the sport federations and 12,000 volunteers. Many of the events are taking place in the official venues for this summer, allowing staff to test specific operations.

The weightlifting event, featuring ten countries and eighty athletes, will occur from April 7 to 10, 2016. First up for Team USA on April 8 will be Stephanie Lemmen (Valdosta, Ga.) in the 58kg weight class. Vanessa McCoy (Marquette, Mich.) and Jennyfer Roberts (Boston, Mass.) will complete later that day in the 63kg division. 

On April 9, Travis Cooper (Charlotte, N.C.) will lift in the 85kg division. Cooper was the 2015 National Champion in the 77kg division and placed 26th overall at the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships in the 77kg division.  

On the last day, Samantha Poeth (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) will compete in the 75kg division and Sarah Robles (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in the +75kg division. Colin Burns (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will close out competition for Team USA in the 94kg division.

Accompanying these athletes will be Team Leader Peter Roselli (Frenchtown, New Jersey), Men’s Coach Bo Sandoval (Ypsilanti, Mich.), and Women’s Coach Tim Swords (League City, Texas).

The event is not open to the public, and there is not an official webcast. For all event information visit www.iwf.net

Daily Team Leader Report

Thursday, April 7, 2016 11:00 pm

Team USA competition at the 2016 Olympic Test Event and South American Championships in Rio De Janeiro commenced today and ends Sunday, April 10. The competition is hosted by the Local Organizing Committee for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Thirteen countries have entered total of 98 athletes, 45 women and 53 men, in the competition.

In addition to the South America, teams from Germany, Thailand, and the United States have entered competitors as well.

First on the platform for Team USA tonight, Stephanie Lemmen competed in the 58 kg category A session. 

Lemmen missed her opening attempt 80 kg snatch, made the same weight on her second, then made 83 kg on her third attempt. In the clean and jerk, Lemmen opened with a successful 94 kg, made 97 kg on her second attempt, then cleaned but missed the jerk with 100 kg on her third, totaling 180 kg and placing 4th overall in the category, in a 4 for 6 performance.

Next on the platform for Team USA tomorrow afternoon, Vanessa McCoy and Jennyfer Roberts compete in the 63 kg A session.

Friday, April 8, 2016 9:15 pm

Vanessa McCoy and Jennyfer Roberts competed in the 63 kg A session this afternoon at the 2016 Rio Olympic Test Event.

Roberts, lifting in her first international competition, opened with an 82 kg first attempt snatch, missing the lift forward, then missed the same weight on her second and third attempts. Roberts was unable to continue in the competition, since the Test Event recognizes results in total only for medaling. In this case, competitors are not permitted to continue in the clean and jerk.

McCoy opened with a successful 86 kg snatch, missed 88 kg on her second attempt, then made the same weight on her third, finishing 2nd in the category snatch competition. In the clean and jerk, McCoy missed her opening attempt 108 kg due to press out, made the same weight on her second, then made 110 kg on her third attempt, finishing 3rd in the category clean and jerk competition. McCoy totaled a personal record 198 kg, winning bronze overall,  in a 4 for 6 performance. 

Next on the platform tomorrow for Team USA, Samantha Zimmerman competes in the 75 kg A session and Sarah Robles in the 75+ kg A session.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 11:00 pm

Samantha Zimmerman and Sarah Robles competed tonight in the 75 kg and 75+ kg A sessions at the 2016 Rio Olympic Test Event.

Zimmerman opened with a successful 84 kg snatch, made 88 kg on her second attempt, then missed 91 kg on her third, finishing 5th in the category snatch competition. In the clean and jerk, Zimmerman missed 115 kg on her first attempt, missed with the same weight on her second due to press out, followed by a successful third with the same weight to finish fifth in the category clean and jerk competition, totaling 203 kg for 4th place overall in the 75 kg category, in a 3 for 6 performance.

Robles made her first attempt 115 snatch, followed with a successful 120 kg on her second, then missed a personal record 125 kg on her third attempt, finishing 1st in the category snatch competition. In the clean and jerk, Roble opened with a successful 145 kg, made 150 kg on her second attempt, then followed with a successful third attempt 155 kg to finish 1st in the category clean and jerk competition. Robles won the gold in the category competition overall with a 275 kg total, in a 5 for 6 performance.

Tomorrow ,on the last day of of the 2016 Rio Test Event competition, Travis Cooper and Colin Burns compete for Team USA in the 85 kg and 94 kg A sessions.

Sunday, April 10, 2016 7:00 pm

Travis Cooper and Colin Burns competed this afternoon in the 85 kg and 94 kg category A sessions, on the final day of competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Test Event.

Cooper opened with a successful 140 kg snatch, made 145 kg on his second attempt, then missed this third with 147 kg, finishing 2nd in the 85 kg category snatch competition. In the clean and jerk, Cooper made his first attempt 175 kg, followed with a successful 180 kg on his second, then cleaned but failed to jerk the winning 186 kg on this third attempt due to black out, finishing 2nd in the category clean and jerk competition and winning silver overall with a 325 kg total, in a 4 for 6 performance.

Colin Burns opened with a 166 kg in the 94 kg category snatch competition, missing the lift, then missed the same weight on his second and third attempts, and was unable to continue in category clean and jerk competition.

Overall, Team USA finished the competition with three medal winning performances – Vanessa McCoy totaling a personal record 198 kg in the 63 kg category winning bronze, Travis Cooper totaling 325 kg in the 85 kg category winning silver, and Sarah Robles totaling 275 kg in the 75+ kg category winning gold.

Team USA returns from Rio to the USA tomorrow evening.