Wes Kitts has executed it. After incomes silver at final yr’s Pan American Weightlifting Championships, the 27-year-old weightlifter returned to the competition to take first place within the extraordinarily competitive -105kg weight class.
Kitts, who’s coached by Dave Spitz at California Strength, was Team USA’s solely -105kg athlete at the Pan Ams and efficiently accomplished two snatches: 165 kilograms (363.8 kilos) and 172 kilograms (379.2 kilos). He missed his third raise of 181 kilograms (399 kilos), which might have overwhelmed his American report by 5 entire kilos. We can’t embed the video, however you possibly can watch the 172kg snatch here.
[CJ Cummings was one other standout efficiency for Team USA this yr. Watch his American record breaking snatch here!]
When it got here time for the clear & jerks, Kitts opened with 202 kilograms and missed 212 kilograms, dropping it from the entrance rack earlier than jerking. He tried it once more for his third raise and efficiently accomplished it — we consider this 212kg raise is the heaviest clean & jerk he has made in competitors.
[The heaviest raise we’ve ever seen from him was this 215-kilogram clean & jerk made in training.]
With his clear & jerks over, Wes Kitts totaled 384 kilograms (846.6lb) for first place, beating out Ecuador’s Jorge David Arroyo, who himself beat Kitts for gold at final yr’s Pan Ams.
Things went fairly nicely for Kitts at final yr’s Pan Ams, although. They had been held in Miami in July, and the previous school soccer athlete broke the American snatch record — his own — by one kilogram, lifting 175 kilograms (385.5 kilos). That raise earned him silver within the snatch.
— USA Weightlifting (@USWeightlifting) July 27, 2017
The clear & jerks didn’t go fairly so easily, with Kitts lacking each his second and third lifts. He collapsed below the clear in his closing raise of 209 kilograms, showing to have put an excessive amount of strain on his windpipe and arteries (he was high quality), however he totaled 375 kilos and earned silver total, with Arroyo totaling 382 kilos.
Five months later he set another American record in the snatch with 176 kilograms at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim.
He didn’t earn any medals in Anaheim, nevertheless it was an amazing achievement for Kitts and all of Team USA. Now together with his first gold medal below his weightlifting belt, the long run is trying vivid for Wes Kitts.
Featured picture through @cal_strength on Instagram.