Five athletes were crowned National Champions as the 2017 Nike National Championships powered by Rogue Fitness came to a close in Chicagoland Sunday.
Caine Wilkes (+105kg, Matthews, North Carolina, Little League Weightlifting) claimed his fifth consecutive National Championship with an impressive performance at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. Wilkes snatched 169kg, clean & jerked 218kg for a 387kg total—47kg more than 2nd place finisher Jason Starks (League City, Texas, California Strength)
2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Sarah Robles (+90kg, Desert Hot Springs, California, Team Houston) went six for six, sweeping gold and claiming the National Championship in her weight category. Totaling 270kg, Robles’ best snatch was 120kg and her best clean & jerk was 150kg. She bested her 255kg total from the American Open Series I in Reno in March.
The first National Champion crowned Sunday was Taylar Stallings (75kg, Altamonte Springs, Florida, Florida Elite). She snatched 103kg, clean & jerked 120kg for a 223kg total.
Alexandria Ludwig (90kg, Gardena, California, Waxman’s Gym) made history by becoming the first ever National Champion in the 90kg weight category. She snatched 102kg and clean & jerked 124kg for a 226kg total in the first National Championships competition since the 90kg weight category was created.
In the men’s 105kg category, D’Angelo Osorio (Vallejo, California, Hassle Free BBC) claimed the National Championship with a 165kg snatch, a 211kg clean & jerk for a 376kg total.
East Coast Gold claimed the men's team title while Florida Elite won the women's team championship. Colin Burns (94kg, Mission Viejo, California, Team Juggernaut) was named best male lifter while Mattie Rogers (69kg, Orlando, Florida, Florida Elite)
The 2017 National Championships served as a qualifier for the 2017 World Championships which the United States will host in Anaheim later this year. It was also the final qualification event for the 2017 Pan American Championships which will be held in Miami, Florida July 23-30. The squad will be named by USA Weightlifting later this week.