On the second day of the 2016 World University Championships, Team USA kept their medal winning momentum going. In the 77KG category, Angelo Bianco successfully lifted 140KG (308lb) in the snatch and 175KG (385lb) in the clean & jerk for a 315KG (693lb) total and a sweep of all three silver medals. On his final attempt in the clean & jerk, Bianco attempted a new American University Record of 185KG (407lb) – after a strong clean, he was unsuccessful in the jerk. The current American University Record in the category is 182.5KG (401.5lbs) and was set in 1998 by Oscar Chaplin III.
Gold – Jian Tang (CHN) 340KG
Silver – Angelo Bianco (USA) 315KG
Bronze – Alex Bellemarre (Can) 300KG
In the woman’s 63KG category, Team USA placed two women among the top six place finishers. Mary Peck won a gold medal in the snatch with a successful lift of 95KG (209lb). She followed that up with a 113KG (248lb) clean & jerk for a 208KG (458lb) total, and a 4th place finish. In the process, she set a new American University record in the total, surpassing the previous record of 205Kg which was set 2007 by Olympian Carissa Gump. Here team mate and classmate Cecily Basques was successful with lifts of 87KG (191lb) in the snatch and 112KG (246lb) in the clean & jerk for a 199KG (438lb) total; she finished in 6th place overall.
Gold – Ana Torres (MEX) 214KG
Silver- Akane Yoshida (JPN) 213KG
Bronze – Maude Charron (Can) 213KG
Earlier in the day, Team USA’s Stephanie Lemmen totaled 186KG to place 8th in the 58KG category. Team Canada’s Tali Darsigny (193KG) and Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet (177KG) placed 6th and 10th, respectively, in the same category. Aaron Addison finished with a 272KG total to place 6th overall in the men’s 69KG category.
Stay tuned for more action today, as two-time Canadian Olympic team member Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau looks to avenge her loss at the Pan American Championships to American superstar Mattie Rodgers in the 69KG weight class. In the men’s 85KG category, Americans James Tatum and Travis Cooper are both favorites to place well in a very deep weight class.
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