Team USA Takes to Platform on Day 7 of World Championships

Nov. 07, 2018, 12:36 p.m. (ET)

Nov. 7, 2018 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – Nathan Damron and Jason Bonnick represented Team USA Wednesday at the 2018 World Championships, competing in the 96kg B category, with Bonnick setting a personal best.

Bonnick took the stage first, hitting his opening snatch of 152kg. He went on to hit 157kg on his second attempt but missed 161kg on his third. Damron hit 155kg on his opener and jumped to 160kg which he missed on his second and third attempts.

“I went out and pulled the opener hard and it landed where it should,” Damron said of his opening attempt. “I had a bit of a wait before the 160kg, the second one was there and the third one was out in front.”

The judges called Damron’s opening snatch attempt of 187kg a press out, but he came out to make 188kg on his second attempt. He missed 195kg on his third attempt.

“Just to be able to get a total here was more the focus,” he said. “I’ll get fixed up for next year.”

Bonnick went five for six on the day, hitting all three of his clean and jerk attempts at 185kg, 191kg and 196kg.

“The last clean and jerk I took a little step forward and I just kept thinking about my coach’s cues,” he said of his 196kg attempt. The oldest member of Team USA, Bonnick will be 37 years old on Thursday. With a background in football and CrossFit, he only started weightlifting about four years ago at the age of 33 under Brian Seacrest.

“I lift because I love it,” he said. “I never expected to be here, but I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”

Bonnick’s 353kg total is a personal best.

Two more world champions were crowned in Wednesday’s action. In the men’s 96kg session, Sohrab Moradi of the Islamic Republic of Iran defended his World Championship, securing gold with a 416kg total. Moradi also broke all three World Record standards setting World Records in snatch (186kg), clean & jerk (230kg) and total (416kg.)

In the women’s 76kg A session, Zhouyu Wang of China took home overall gold with a 270kg total. She secured silver in snatch, with a 118kg lift, beat by 1kg by Jong Sim Rim of the People’s Republic of Korea. Wang took gold in clean & jerk with a 152kg lift. Neisi Patricia Dajomes Barrera of Ecudor set new Junior World Records in Snatch (117kg), clean & jerk (142kg) and total (259kg.)

Jenny Arthur lifts Thursday for Team USA in the 81kg A session at 5:25pm local, 4:25am PST on ESPN 3 and