Arthur Grabs 2 Medals at World Championships

By Kevin Farley with Team USA in Pattaya, Thailand | Sept. 25, 2019, 12:33 p.m. (ET)
For the second time during these World Championships, the stars and stripes were hoisted to the rafters of the SAT Indoor Athletics Stadium in Pattaya, Thailand.

This time it was Jenny Arthur's time to bask in the spotlight, taking home two medals in the women's 81kg session at the 2019 IWF World Weightlifting Championships. 

In the snatch, Arthur (unattached, Colorado Springs, CO) made her first attempt at 102kg and 106kg on her second. She missed 110kg on her third attempt. 

"It started pretty rough in the snatches," Arthur, 25 a native of Gainesville, GA said after her victory ceremony. "But as my coach always says, 'it's not about how you start, but how you finish.'"

In the clean & jerk, the door was open for Arthur to medal, and she delivered. After missing her opener at 134kg, Arthur came back to make 134kg on her second. For her third attempt, the bar was loaded at 139kg. If she made it, she was guaranteed a medal. She made it and took home silver in the lift. 

"They all felt pretty easy," Arthur said. "It was an easy call." 

Her 245kg total gave her bronze overall. It's Arthur's first medal in the World Championships in her six appearances. Arthur is an Olympian, representing the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Arthur's success increased Team USA's medal haul to eight, equaling the team's performance at the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim, California. The difference in 2019: all of the medals were won by women. Kate Nye swept gold in the 71kg weight category while Mattie Rogers took home two silvers and a bronze in the 71kg weight category. It is Team USA women's most successful World Championships since 1991. 

On Thursday, Team USA’s Wes Kitts (California Strength, Pleasanton, CA) lifts in the 109kg B session in the penultimate day of competition at the World Championships. Kitts' session begins at 2:25pm local time on ESPN3.