Hayley Reichardt wins Team USAs first medals of the 2019 Junior World Championships

June 02, 2019, 6:45 a.m. (ET)

June 2, 2018 (SUVA, Fiji) – Team USA is off to a strong start at the 2019 Junior World Championships in Suva Fiji, a gold level qualifier for next summer’s Olympic Games.

Seth Tom kicked off the competition on Saturday afternoon, lifting in the 55kg A session. 17-year-old Tom finished 5th overall after going three for six in the competition. He hit a 91kg snatch on his first attempt. Tom represented Team USA earlier this year at the Youth World Championships in Las Vegas, NV where his best snatch was 94kg. He took that weight on his second attempt but missed, opting to take a one kilo increase to 95kg. He hit his third attempt for an international competition personal record snatch. In the clean and jerk portion of the competition, Tom hit 115kg on his opening attempt, but missed 120kg on his second and third. He increased his best international total by one kilo to 210kg.

Sunday morning’s competition saw Carlos Millen and Ritchie Newman who shared the platform in the 61kg and 67kg B sessions respectively. Millen went three for three in the clean and jerks hitting 127kg, 131kg and 135kg an improvement over his 134kg clean and jerk earlier this year at the National Junior Championships in Lombard, IL. He made his second snatch attempt of 101kg for a 236kg total.

Ritchie Newman hit a 116kg snatch on his second attempt after missing the same weight on his first. He jumped to 120kg on his third attempt but missed. The judges sided with Newman on his opening clean and jerk attempt of 140kg, but after a jury review the lift was overturned due to a press out. He made the lift on his second attempt. Newman tried for 145kg on his third attempt but missed.

Hayley Reichard took the platform first for the women of Team USA in the 49kg category. She also earned the teams first medals of the competition with personal bests in the clean and jerk and total. Reichardt made her first two snatch attempts at 71kg and 74kg. She went for 76kg on her last attempt but missed. She made 94kg on her opening clean and jerk attempt, missed 98kg on her second but came back to make the personal best lift on her last attempt, earning a bronze medal. Her total of 172kg was also good for third place and a bronze medal.

Monday is packed with Team USA action from Suva. Kaela Stephano and Kate Wehr will kick off the competiton in the 55kg B session, which will share the platform with the 59kg B session to include Abby Raymond. Youth Olympians Jerome Smith and Peyton Brown will take the platform in the 73kg B and 59kg A sessions, while CJ Cummings will look to break records set just weeks ago at the Pan American Championships.

Lifting times and live stream information is available at usaw.live.