Sarah Robles Crowned Weightlifting World Champion

Dec. 05, 2017, 8:42 p.m. (ET)

ANAHEIM, California -- (December 5, 2017) The International Weightlifting Federation Tuesday crowned Sarah Robles World Champion, 23 years after the last American woman took the World Title.

Robles, 29, was flawless in her perfect 6-for-6 session, sweeping the podium with gold medals in the snatch, clean & jerk and total.

In the snatch, Robles matched the weights lifted last summer when she lifted 118kg (260 lbs), 122kg (269 lbs) and 126kg (278 lbs). Robles remained strong in the clean & jerk, lifting 150kg (331lbs), 154kg (339 lbs) and 158kg (348 lbs).

"I just went out there and made my lifts," Robles told USA "I felt really strong and I was so happy to do this in front of my mom, my teammates and my country."

Robles, originally from Desert Hot Springs, California, trains in Houston, Texas.

The last time an American woman won a World Championships was in 1994, when Robin (Byrd) Goad won the women's 50kg weight category in Istanbul.

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Robles' gold medal-winning performance capped of a successful run for Robles on the international stage. It started last August when she won Team USA's first Olympic medal in 16 years-- a bronze. The woman who won that medal, Cheryl Haworth, who won bronze in the +75kg weight category at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, presented Robles with a gold medal Tuesday in Anaheim.

"The heaver the weights got, the easier the lifts looked," Sarah's personal coach, Tim Swords said about Robles' performance. "She's fast enough, she's mobile enough and she's strong enough. Those things added up to a world championship tonight."

After winning the 2017 USA Weightlifting National Championships, Robles went on to win the 2017 Pan American Championships in Miami, Florida. There she also went 6-for-6 and sweeping gold.

"Sarah has this unmistakable fierceness. Sarah has this look on her face that looks like she's going to tear the barbell in half," Team USA National Coach Mike Gattone said. "She made the weights and she made America proud."