Keegan Wins Gold, Hogan Sets American University Records at FISU World University Championships

By Anna Resman | Nov. 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m. (ET)

On the first day of action in Merida, Mexico, Kerri Keegan (State University of New York at Cortland) claimed gold in the 48kg division, becoming the first World University Champion of the 2016 FISU World University Championships. 

Keegan went two for three in the snatch lift, completing her first attempt at 60kg and her third attempt at 64kg. In the clean and jerk session, she hit 83kg and 97kg and missed 93kg on her final attempt. Keegan totaled at 151kg, winning the overall division and placing third and first in the snatch and clean and jerk, respectively. Silver medalist Meng-Chun Chiang of Taiwan also totaled at 151kg but landed in second due to higher body weight. 

Caitlin Hogan (Texas Women's University) lifted next for Team USA in the 53kg division. She came out strong in the snatch session, going three-for-three with successful lifts at 75kg, 77kg, and 81kg. Her final attempt at 81kg was a new American University record. In the clean and jerk, she broke the American University record with a 104kg lift and then proceeded to break the record again on her final attempt with a successful 107kg. Hogan won silver across the board, following Quiyun Liao of China.  

With Keegan and Hogan's performances, Team USA has officially completed an international grand slam for 2016. The United States has stood on the podium at every international event attended this year. 

Today is just the beginning of an exciting week in Merida with many medals left to be won. Stay tuned to the USA Weightlifting's social media accounts for real-time updates.  

Stephanie Lemmen (Central New Mexico Community College), Aaron Addison (Polk State College), Cecily Basques (California State University at Sacramento), Mary Peck (California State University at Sacramento) and Angelo Bianco (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) lift for Team USA on Tuesday.  

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