RENO, Nev. – Training and competition halls at the Reno Sparks Convention Center have been buzzing with energy at the American Open Series I.
This weekend is the first of three events leading up to the American Open Finals. The newly designed series is focused on providing additional opportunities for lifters of all ages and weight categories to compete on the national stage. There’s been no shortage of action in Reno, with a strong mix of youth, senior, and master lifters showcasing their strength.
On Friday, Cortney Batchelor (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Caitlin Hogan (Long Beach, Calif.) battled it out in the senior women’s 53kg category. In the snatch session, Batchelor nailed 87kg on her final attempt to set a new senior American record. Snatching 83kg on her second attempt, Hogan trailed Batchelor by 4kg going into the clean and jerk. Roles reversed in the clean and jerk, with Hogan finishing at 106kg and Batchelor at 102kg. While both women totaled at 189kg, Batchelor took home the gold due to lifting order.
Seth Tom (San Francisco, Calif.) made a statement in the youth men’s 94kg class, setting a new youth American record in the snatch. After completing his first lift at 72kg, he first attempted 74kg on his second lift but missed. Tom bounced back to successfully complete that weight on his final attempt, setting the record.
In the youth +75kg weight category, Julia Yun (San Francisco, Calif.) attempted to break the youth American record in clean and jerk. She narrowly missed 89kg on her final lift. Yun holds the current record at 87kg, which she set just last month at the Junior National Championships.
Sessions are still in full swing through Sunday afternoon. All platforms are being webcasted live on the USA Weightlifting website.
58kg: Cortney Batchelor, 87kg snatch
14 – 15 YOUTH AMERICAN RECORD
50kg: Seth Tom, 74kg snatch