Three athletes represented the stars and stripes Friday at the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.
Jourdan Delacruz (Power and Grace Performance, Dacula, GA) took the stage in the women’s 55kg B session. After missing her opening snatch at 87kg, Delacruz made her second at 88kg. She missed her third attempt at 91kg.
“I’m not feeling great about my performance, but I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the United States and the total I put up,” Delacruz told USA Weightlifting.
In the clean & jerk, Delacruz made her opener at 109kg and second attempt at 112kg. Her third attempt, 115kg was called a no-lift due to bar oscillation.
“That’s a new one to be called on for me,” Delacruz said.
Her 200kg total gave her 9th place overall in the competition.
Earlier in the day, Alex Lee (Alee Athletics, Chandler, AZ) and Jordan Wissinger (Garage Strength, Denver, PA) took to the platform in the men’s 67kg B session.
Lee went a perfect six-for-six on the world stage. In the snatch, Lee 125kg, 128kg and 130kg, a personal best. In the clean & jerk, Lee lifted 158kg, 163kg, 165kg. His personal best, a 295kg total, was good for 23rd place.
“I feel good, I wasn’t expecting it, but it was a great performance,” Lee said.
A peculiar moment in Lee’s session. Both his opening snatch and clean & jerks were initially ruled no lifts by the referees. In both cases, the jury stopped the competition to discuss the lifts. In both cases, the referees’ decisions were overturned, giving Lee good lifts.
“I guess we made history there. I wish I could have made history in better ways, but I’ll take it,” Lee said.
Wissinger made a 126kg snatch on his third attempt after missing the weight in his first two attempts. He made his opening 157kg clean & jerk, but missed 161kg on his second and third attempts.
“I was happy that I was able to post a total,” Wissinger said. “I got into my own head. I am going to work on how I get mentally prepare for meets.”
“This stage is similar to public speaking for athletics,” Wissinger’s personal coach Dane Miller said. “Jordan’s technique is there, he’s strong. We just need to work on his nerves.”
Wissinger finished 27th place overall with a 295kg total.
Lifting for Team USA on Saturday begins at noon local time in Pattaya with Hunter Elam (Mash Mafia Weightlifting, Winston-Salem, NC) and Jessica Lucero (Academy of Weightlifting, Orange, CA) kick things off in the 59kg B category. You can watch it here at USAWeightlifting.org.
Then at 8:25 PM local time, CJ Cummings (Team Divergent, Beaufort, SC) takes the stage in the men’s 73kg A session. Will CJ take home gold? Tune into ESPN3 at 8:25AM Central Time Saturday to find out. Click here for broadcast information.