Record Falls, Women Shine at World Championships

Dec. 05, 2017, 12:17 p.m. (ET)
Another American Record fell on Weightlifting's largest stage Monday on the penultimate day of the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, California.

Team USA's Wes Kitts set a new American Record with a 176kg snatch in the 105kg weight category. Kitts went 2-for-3 in the snatch, finishing  11th. In the clean & jerk, Kitts went 2-for-3, lifting 203kg then 210kg finishing 10th. With a 386kg total, Kitts finished 10th overall. 

His 105kg teammate, Ian Wilson, finished 15th overall in the snatch, lifting 165kg. In the clean & jerk, Wilson finished 14th, lifting 202kg. His 367kg placed him 15th overall. 

Team USA fielded two athletes in the inaugural women's 90kg category at these World Championships. Marissa Klingseis put up a personal best on Weightlifting's most prestigious event of the year. 

Klingseis, who cut 16kg earlier this year to join the 90kg weight category, struggled in the 90kg at National competitions in 2017. After bombing out at the 2017 USA Weightlifting National Championships in Chicago this May, Klingseis bounced back to put up a 10kg personal best at the World Championships.

"This session was a lot of fun," Klingseis told USA Weightlifting. "There were a lot of incredible women out here competing. I'm just thrilled to be part of it. I'm just so happy. I feel like I'm finally coming around after the weight cut. I'm feeling good and I only think things will go up from here."

"Marissa is one of our long-standing youth athletes who went down to 90kg, had a little struggle and lifted 10kg more than what she did to qualify for this competition," National Coach Mike Gattone said. "I'm super proud of her."

Klingseis was perfect in the snatch, lifting 98kg, 102kg then 105kg. She went 2 for 3 in the clean & jerk, lifting 130kg then 134kg to finish 4th. She missed her 3rd attempt at 137kg. Her 239kg total put her in 5th place overall. 

"She lifted very well," Klingseis' personal coach, Dennis Senthen, said. "I have only seen her this happy and lift this well one other time: the 2016 Olympic Team Trials. I'm proud of her." 


Klingseis' 90kg teammate, Ali Ludwig, also lifted in the 90kg A session. Ludwig lifted 93kg in snatch to finish 6th. Her best clean & jerk at 128kg placed her 8th in the lift. Her 231kg total placed her 7th overall. 

"I'm sad it's over," Ludwig told USA Weightlifting. "It was great. It was a lot of fun."

"These women are warriors," Gattone said. 

Tuesday marks the final day of competition at the 2017 World Championships. It also marks Team USA's final shot at a medals as 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Sarah Robles lifts in the Women's +90kg session. 

"I am most looking forward to represent the USA well and hope to bring home some hardware for us," Robles said.

Robles lifts at 1:55PM Pacific time and can be seen on ESPN 3.