Rogers Dominates World University Championships, Tatum and Cooper Win Silver

By Anna Resman | Nov. 16, 2016, 9:57 p.m. (ET)

Mattie Rogers (Valencia College) continued her impressive year on the platform in Merida on Wednesday afternoon. She dominated the women's 69kg division, winning three gold medals in a six-for-six performance. 

In the snatch session, Rogers completed all three lifts at 95kg, 99kg, and 103kg. In the clean and jerk, she had another perfect performance with successful lifts at 122kg, 126kg, and 132kg. Rogers set new American University records across the board, breaking the previous records which she also held. With a total of 235kg, she led the rest of competition by 20kg. 

Following Rogers were Travis Cooper (University of Georgia) and James Tatum (North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork) in the men's 85kg division. Cooper missed his opener snatch at 140kg but came back to complete it on his second attempt. He did not complete his final attempt at 143kg. Tatum went two-for-three in the snatch, successfully finishing lifts at 145kg and 151kg. He won silver in the snatch, and Cooper placed fifth.  

Cooper recovered strongly in the clean and jerk session, hitting all three lifts at 171kg, 176kg, and 180kg to capture silver. Tatum successfully completed 175kg and 178kg to place fourth.

Tatum secured a second silver medal with a 329kg total, and Cooper placed fourth with a total of 320kg. 

The five remaining members of Team USA will lift on Thursday. Stay up-to-date with the final action in Merida on the USA Weightlifting website and social media channels.  

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