Colombia claimed two overall gold medals on the third day of competition at the Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Guatemala City with Brayan Rodallegas and Mercedes Pérez winning the men’s 81 kilograms and women’s 64kg events, respectively.
Rodallegas triumphed with a total of 363kg after managing 161kg in the snatch and 202kg in the clean and jerk at Coliseo Deportivo.
The Dominican Republic’s Zacarias Bonnat and Colombia’s Juan Solis finished on 351kg with the former taking the silver medal and the latter having to settle for bronze.
Pérez, meanwhile, prevailed with a total of 229kg following best lifts of 101kg in the snatch and 128kg in the clean and jerk.
Fellow Colombian Natalia Llamosa and the United States' Mathlynn Sasser ended on the same total of 227kg and completed the podium in that order.
In the men’s 89kg category, Chile’s Arley Méndez produced a dominant performance to comfortably come out on top.
The 2017 world gold medallist posted 170kg in the snatch and 205kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 375kg, beating nearest challenger Jordan Cantrell of the US by a margin of 32kg.
A further 5kg behind in third place was Colombia’s Yony Andica.
#TeamUSA's Katherine Nye is your 2019 71kg Pan Am Champion.— USA Weightlifting (@USWeightlifting) 25 April 2019
Clean & Jerk: 135kg†
*New Junior & Senior Pan American and Junior & Senior American Records
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Today’s one other overall winner was Katherine Nye, who led an American one-two finish in the women’s 71kg division ahead of Mattie Rogers.
Nye concluded on a total of 245kg, comprising 110kg in the snatch and 135kg in the clean and jerk.
Rogers ended the competition 7kg back in second place, while Colombia’s Hellen Escobar was third with 219kg.
Nye went six for six and came away with the junior and senior Pan American records and junior and senior American records in snatch, clean and jerk and total.
"I did it a while ago but only once," Nye said of her 110kg snatch during this training cycle.
"We went in knowing I’d have the opportunity to make it and I felt pretty confident about it.
"I’ve been pulling well and haven’t missed anything under 108kg in months."
Action is due to continue tomorrow.