Team USA Shines in South America

Jan. 03, 2018, 3:35 p.m. (ET)

In mid-December, a small delegation of 15 & Under American Athletes attended the Copa SudAmericana and Dr. Tamas Ajan Cup in Lima, Peru. Also attending to represent the IWF was USA Weightlifting Chair & IWF Vice President, Ursula Garza Papandrea who presented the Dr. Tamas Ajan Cup to its eventual winners, Argentina. The USA joined Mexico and Spain as guests in Lima.
 
Before competition began, USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews was a Guest at the South American Weightlifting Confederation Congress and presented at the IWF Education Seminar on the subjects of SafeSport, Governance and Anti-Doping reform.
 
Team USA had 4 athletes, 3 women and 1 man and were accompanied by Coach Ben Hwa (San Francisco, CA – Hasslefree BBC) and Dr. Brian Schutzbach, MD (York, PA).
 
Abby Raymond (58kg, Roselle, IL – Windy City Weightlifting) led the Women’s team with a Best Lifter performance for all Under 15 athletes, winning 3 Golds in the 15 & Under Category, 3 Golds the 17 and Under category and medaling in the 20 and Under in an American Record breaking performance.
 
Hayley Trinh (53kg, San Francisco CA – Hasslefree BBC) opened the team’s efforts with a 6 for 6 performance breaking the 13 & Under American Records and taking home 9 medals in the 3 age groups.
 
Julia Yun (+75kg, San Francisco CA – Hasslefree BBC) was the last athlete of the competition, up against European 15 & Under record holder Irene Blanco of Spain. Yun secured 9 medals including Silver in the 15 & Under together with 6 Bronze medals in the 17 & Under and 20 & Under categories, Yun competed at 90kg in the 20 & Under category. Yun currently holds the +75kg 13 & Under American Records.
 
Dean Goad, Jr. (69kg, Newnan, GA – Texas Barbell) won Best Lifter for all 15 & Under athletes, representing the USA as the sole male athlete. Goad won the 15 & Under competition, and also picked up medals in the 17 & Under competition with a respectful performance n the 20 & Under competition also.

Full Results:

Name

Best Lifts

15 U Place

17 U Place

20 U Place

Dean Goad Jr

98/131/229

Gold/Gold/Gold

Bronze/Silver/Bronze

8th/6th/8th

Hayley Trinh

60/77/137

Silver/Silver/Silver

Bronze/Bronze/Bronze

Bronze/Bronze/Bronze

Abby Raymond

70/89/159

Gold/Gold/Gold

Gold/Gold/Gold

Bronze/Silver/Bronze

Julia Yun

78/95/173

Silver/Silver/Silver

Bronze/Bronze/Bronze

Bronze/Bronze/Bronze