Mercedes Pérez was a star for Colombia in Santo Domingo ©Getty Images

Colombia topped the medal table at the Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Santo Domingo.

The South American nation won 12 gold medals, 10 silver and 10 bronze at the Parque Deportivo del Este in the Dominican Republic's capital city.

Among their winners were Mercedes Pérez who clinched the hat-trick of overall, clean and jerk and snatch golds in the women's 69 kilograms division.

Hugo Montes won the snatch and overall titles in the men's 77kg and Natalia Llamosa completed the same double in the women's 63kg.

Hosts Dominican Republic were the second best country with eight gold medals of their own.

Fernando Reis starred for Brazil with a hat-trick of titles ©Getty Images
Fernando Reis starred for Brazil with a hat-trick of titles ©Getty Images

Their haul included a hat-trick of titles in the men's 56kg courtesy of Luis García.

Beatriz Pirón and Crismery Santana both achieved a snatch and total double in the women's 53kg and 90kg events respectively.

Otjher stars of the event included Brazil's Fernando Reis, who won all three titles on offer in the men's over-105kg division.

Neisi Dajomes of Ecuador also bagged a treble in the women's 75kg with Arley Méndez of Chile doing the same in the men's 85kg.

United States lifter Sarah Robles, a triple world champion on home soil in Anaheim last year, added the clean and jerk and overall Pan American titles at over-90kg.