American Open I Concludes on a High Note in Reno

By Anna Resman | March 22, 2017, 1:35 p.m. (ET)

The inaugural American Open I concluded Sunday at the Reno Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. Throughout the weekend, nearly 600 lifters competed across youth, senior, and masters weight categories. This was the first event of a three-part series, culminating in the American Open Championships in December.

Several American records were broken throughout the weekend. Cortney Batchelor (Mission Viejo, Calif.) set a new senior record in the women’s 53kg category with a successful 87kg lift on her final attempt. In the youth men’s 50kg category, Seth Tom (San Francisco, Calif.) set a new youth record in the snatch. He successfully completed 74kg on his final attempt to break the current standard.

Alyssa Ritchey (Fort Collins, Colo.) and Caitlin Hogan (Long Beach, Calif.) both lifted double their bodyweight in the clean and jerk – something that has rarely, if ever, occurred by two U.S. women in the same competition.

On Sunday, Sarah Robles (Houston, Texas) returned to the platform for the first time since the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She went two-for-three in the snatch, hitting 110kg on her second attempt and then nailed all three clean and jerks, completing her final lift at 145kg. Robles swept gold in the +90kg category, totaling at 255kg, 76kg above second place.

In the men’s 94kg, Colin Burns (Mission Viejo, Calif.) got the crowd on their feet for an exciting performance in the clean and jerk session. He successfully competed 200kg on his final attempt, which was the first time he has ever clean and jerked at least 200kg in competition.

“I am impressed with the energy and performance that our members brought to the platform in Reno,” said Phil Andrews, CEO of USA Weightlifting. “It was great to see the comradery between lifters of all ages and weight categories. Thank you to our sponsors, partners, and volunteers that helped to make this weekend a success.”

Next up in the AO series in the American Open II, taking place July 28 to 30 in Miami, Florida. It will immediately follow the Pan American Championships, presenting an excellent opportunity for lifters to both watch top international competition and then compete themselves. View the official event page for details.

FULL RESULTS

American Open I Results

SENIOR AMERICAN RECORD

53kg: Cortney Batchelor, 87kg snatch

14 – 15 YOUTH AMERICAN RECORD

50kg: Seth Tom, 74kg snatch