More than sixteen years after she snatched Bronze at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, Australia, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Wednesday credited Cheryl Haworth (Savannah, GA) with a Youth World Record.
On September 22, 2000, at the Olympic Games in Sydney, a 17-year-old Haworth snatched 125kg. As she stood on the podium to receive her Bronze medal, Haworth had no idea that her performance would lead to a Youth World Record.
Last year, the IWF added a 75kg weight category for Youth women. The super heavyweight category moved to +75kg, the same weight category Haworth competed in at the Games in Sydney.
Since 2000, no youth girl has lifted more than Haworth's 125kg snatch in Sydney. The IWF added Haworth's name to the World Records page on its official website.
Haworth's feat also made history for USA Weightlifting. It was the first time since Robin Byrd-Goad's Senior World Record Snatch (78kg) in 1994 that an American woman set a World Record. It is also the first time in decades that two American weightlifters currently hold a World Record. CJ Cummings (Beaufort, SC) holds the Youth World Records in Clean & Jerk (182kg) and Total (317kg) in the 69kg category.
Haworth shared the news on her Instagram page:
16yrs ago when I was 17yrs old I snatched 125kgs at the Olympic Games. Today the IWF has recognized this lift as the new youth world record in the snatch! To this day, no woman in the world under 17 has ever snatched that much. So proud to be lifting under the American banner and with #usaw 🇺🇸 #worldrecord #betterlatethannever #olift #raisethebar #olympiclifting #girlswholift #snatch #iwf #weightlifting #proud #olympics #stoked @haworthweightlifting