Morghan King, Sarah Robles and Jenny Arthur Headed to Rio

May 08, 2016, 10:12 p.m. (ET)

Under bright lights and a full house at the Salt Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 men and 15 women brought their best to the platform for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Tension was higher for the women’s session, who lifted after the men. The women's team has already secured three Olympic berths, and two of those sports remained open prior to the Trials.

The wait is now over. Morghan King (Redmond, Wash.), Sarah Robles (Desert Hot Springs, Calif.) and Jenny Arthur (Gainesville, Ga.) are headed to Rio this summer for the 2016 Olympic Games.

King totaled at 180kg following a successful 80kg snatch and 100kg clean and jerk.

Robles also secured an Olympic berth based on her qualifying total at the 2015 World Championships. After missing her three snatch attempts this evening, she rebounded to successfully make 150kg in the clean and jerk, in a 2 for 6 performance.  

Robles was one of the two females to lift for the United States at the 2012 Olympics; she placed seventh overall in London.

Arthur had the weight lifted off her shoulders going into Trials as she already secured her Olympic berth earlier this year. Competing at 75kg, she totaled at 239kg with a 104kg snatch lift and 135kg clean and jerk.

Jessica Lucero (Tustin, Calif.) crushed all three American records for the 58kg category. She made 93kg in the snatch, and 115kg in the clean and jerk to total at 208kg.

Mattie Rogers (Apopka, Fla.) also set a new American record with a snatch lift of 106kg.

The men’s team is in a different position than the women as they have not yet earned Olympic berths through international competition. Today’s results determined the top eight lifters who are headed to the Pan American Championships in June, where Team USA will fight to earn an Olympic berth.

The eight men that will travel to Pan American Championships are Kendrick Farris (Shreveport, La.), Norik Vardanian (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Alex Lee (Chandler, Ariz.), Caine Wilkes (Chesapeake, Va.), James Tatum (Hampstead, N.C.), Wesley Kitts (Knoxville, Tenn.), Travis Cooper (Tyrone, Ga.), and Donovan Ford (Sacramento, Calif.). Colin Burns (Monroe, Wisc.) placed fifth overall; however, he does not qualify for the team as he is the third lifter in the 94kg category.

Full results and coverage of today’s events will be posted soon.