Team USA's Hayley Reichardt secured a bronze medal in total weight Thursday at the 2016 International Weightlifting Federation Youth World Championships in Penang, Malaysia.
She successfully completed her first two snatch attempts at 64kg and 66kg to place 4th in the snatch session. In the clean and jerk, she made her first lift at 84kg and missed her second attempt at 86kg. Knowing that she could potentially medal with a successful 86kg lift, Reichardt bounced back to nail that weight on her final attempt.
With a total of 152kg, Reichardt earned a spot on the women's 48kg category podium. Her final clean and jerk truly was the deciding factor as fourth place came in at 151kg, just one kg behind.
After a strong year on the national stage, this is a huge international win for Reichardt. She was the 48kg champion at Junior National Championships in February and several months later, came in second, behind Olympian Morghan King, at Senior National Championships.
Reichardt's teammate, Chloe Tacata, lifted in the women's 48kg B session earlier on Thursday. She finished 12th in the snatch with a 60kg lift, and 13th in the clean & jerk with a 77kg lift. Totaling at 137kg, Tacata placed 12th overall.
Tacata is also a top national contender at 48kg. She placed first in this year's Youth National Championships and came in third at Junior National Championships, behind Reichardt and junior lifter Megan Seegert.Keep refreshing this page with updates from the athletes in Penang.