WEIGHTLIFTING: Sensational 1-2 finish for Katie Nye and Mattie Rogers in Worlds 71 kg!

History for Mattie Rogers (left, silver) and Katie Nye (gold) of the U.S. at 71 kg, with North Korea's Hyo-Sim Kim (bronze) and Emily Godley (GBR, fourth). (Photo: IWF)

When the entry lists for the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships were finalized, the women’s 71 kg division was the one where U.S. hopes were centered.

Based on the confirmed list of lifters, Americans Katie Nye and Mattie Rogers had the top expected totals of 246 kg and 238 kg, respectively. But would it turn out that way?

Yes and yes.

Nye led all three lifts at 112 kg (~247 lbs., a World Junior Record) for the Snatch, 136 kg (~300 lbs.) for the Clean & Jerk and 248 kg for the total (~547 lbs.), winning her second international title of the season. Still only 20, she won the World Junior Championships in Fiji in early June and now owns both world titles in the same season.

“I am happy that I did what I had to do for the win,” said Nye afterwards. “As an athlete, you’re trained to not be satisfied with what you do, then you’re not going to make any progress. Leaving 141 kg out there [in the Clean & Jerk], I was proud of what I was done, [but] I knew I had that in me.”

Rogers was third in the Snatch (106 kg/234 lbs.) and second in the Clean & Jerk (134 kg/~295 lbs.) and her combined total of 240 kg (~529 lbs.) was well clear of North Korea’s Hyo-Sim Kim, at 230 kg (~507 lbs.) combined in third.

“I was definitely a little tired going into the clean and jerks, the second was a personal best by 2 kilograms. The third was a little wild and crazy,” Rogers said. “I’m really happy to be here. I was here for myself more than anything else. I was not after a medal, I was not after a total, I was not here for any particular person. I was here to just have fun and I think we did a really good job of doing that.”

It’s the third Worlds in which Rogers, 24, has won a medal. She won the bronze for all three lifts at 69 kg in the 2017 Worlds in Anaheim (USA) and claimed a bronze for the Clean & Jerk at 71 kg in Ashgabat (TKM) in 2018. With two medals in Pattaya, she has a career total of six.

The 1-2 finish is the first ever for U.S. women in the World Championships; the last time it happened for the men was in 1955, when Paul Anderson and James Bradford won gold and silver in the +90 kg division, the heaviest at the time.

In the men’s 89 kg division, Armenia’s Hakob Mkrtchyan was fourth in the Snatch and second in the Clean & Jerk, but his combined total of 375 kg (~827 lbs.) was the winner, just better than Iran’s Ali Miri, who totaled 374 kg (~825 lbs.).

The meet continues through the 27th. Summaries so far:

IWF World Championships
Pattaya (THA) ~ 18-27 September 2019
(Full results here)

Men

55 kg: 1. Yun Chol Om (PRK), 294 kg (World Record; new weight class: 2. Igor Son (KAZ), 266 kg; 3. Mansour Al Saleem (KSA), 265 kg; 4. Tran Nguyen (VIE), 263 kg; 5. Arli Chotney (KAZ), 263 kg; 6. John Ceniza (PHI), 262 kg; 7. Hafez Ghashghaei (IRI), 260 kg; 8. Surahmat Wijoyo (INA), 250 kg.

61 kg: 1. Fabin Li (CHN), 318 kg (World Record; old, 317 kg, Eko Yuki Irawan (INA), 2017); 2. Eko Yuli Irawan (INA), 306 kg; 3. Francisco Mosquera (COL), 302 kg; 4. Kim Tuan Thach (VIE), 296 kg; 5. Jhon Serna (COL), 295 kg; 6. Yoichi Itokazu (JPN), 293 kg; 7. Shota Mishvelidze (GEO), 287 kg; 8. Aznil Muhamad (MS), 285 kg.

67 kg: 1. Lijun Chen (CHN), 337 kg: 2. Lyudong Feng (CHN), 333 kg; 3. Jong Ju Pak (PRK), 330 kg; 4. Adkhamjon Ergashev (UZB), 328 kg; 5. Luis Mosquera (COL), 320 kg; 6. Mitsunori Konnai (JPN), 317 kg; 7. Daniyar Ismayilov (TUIR), 316 kg; 8. Henadz Laptseu (BLR), 313 kg. Also: 23. Alex Lee (USA), 295 kg; … 27. Jordan Wissinger (USA), 283 kg.

73 kg: 1. Zhiyong Shi (CHN), 363 kg (World Record; old, 362 kg, Shi, 2019); 2. Kang Chol O (PRK), 347 kg; 3. Bozhidar Andreev (BUL), 346 kg; 4. Vadzim Likharad (BLR), 338 kg; 5. Briken Calja (ALB), 337 kg; 6. Julio Mayora (VEN), 337 kg; 7. Joohyo Bak (KOR), 337 kg; 8. Jeongsik Won (KOR), 336 kg. Also: 9. Clarence Cummings Jr. (USA), 333 kg.

81 kg: 1. Xiaojun Lyu (CHN), 378 kg (World Record; old, 375 kg, Dayin Li (CHN), 2019): 2. Dayin Li (CHN), 377 kg; 3. Brayan Rodallegas (COL), 363 kg; 4. Rejepbay Rejepov (TKM), 363 kg; 5. Yunder Beytula (BUL), 358 kg; 6. Antonino Pizzolato (ITA), 358 kg; 7. Andres Mata (ESP), 356 kg; 8. Zacarias Bonnat (DOM), 355 kg. Also: 9. Harrison Maurus (USA), 350 kg; … 23. Christian Rodriguez (USA), 327 kg.

89 kg: 1. Hakob Mkrtchyan (ARM), 375 kg; 2. Ali Miri (IRI), 374 kg; 3. Revaz Davitadze (GEO), 371 kg: 4. Aliaksandr Bersanau (BLR), 370 kg; 5. Toshiki Yamamoto (JPN), 368 kg; 6. Dongju Yu (KOR), 367 kg; 7. Olfides Saez (CUB), 364 kg; 8. Keydomar Vallenilla (VEN), 364 kg. Also: 17. Jordan Cantrell (USA), 350 kg.

Women

45 kg: 1. Saziye Erdogan (TUR), 169 kg; 2. Ludia Montero (CUB), 167 kg; 3. Lisa Setiawati (INA), 165 kg; 4. Thi Vuong (VIE), 164 kg; 5. My Phuong Khong (VIE), 161 kg; 6. Rosielis Quintana (VEN), 157 kg; 7. Mary Flor Diaz (PHI), 156 kg; 8. Rosina Randafiarison (MAD), 155 kg.

48 kg: 1. Huihua Jiang (CHN), 212 kg (World Record; old, 210 kg, Zuihui Hou (CHN), 2019); 2. Zhihui Hou (CHN), 211 kg; 3. Song Gum Ri (PRK), 204 kg; 4. Chanu Mirabai (IND), 201 kg; 5. Ana Segura (COL), 188 kg; 6. Kristina Sobol (RUS), 187 kg; 7. Beatriz Piron (DOM), 187 kg; 8. Morghan King (USA), 183 kg. Also: 13. Alyssa Ritchey (USA), 178 kg.

55 kg: 1. Qiuyun Liao (CHN), 227 kg; 2. Wanqiong Zhang (CHN), 222 kg; 3. Hidilyn Diaz (PHI), 214 kg; 4. Zulfiya Chinshanlo (KAZ), 213 kg; 5. Yenny Sinisterra (COL), 210 kg; 6. Muattar Nabieva (UZB), 209 kg; 7. Ana Lopez (MEX), 202 kg; 8. Rachel Leblanc (CAN), 201 kg. Also: 9. Jourdan Delacruz (USA), 200 kg.

59 kg: 1. Hsing-Chun Kuo (TPE), 246 kg (World Record; old, 243 kg, Kuo, 2019); 2. Hyo Sim Choe (PRK), 245 kg; 3. Guiming Chen (CHN), 233 kg; 4. Rosive Silgado (COL), 222 kg; 5. Mikiko Andoh (JPN), 222 kg; 6. Zoe Smith (GBR), 216 kg; 7. Yusleidy Figueroa (VEN), 215 kg; 8. Rebeka Koha (LAT), 215 kg. Also: 16. Hunter Elam (USA), 200 kg; … 20. Jessica Lucero (USA), 191 kg.

64 kg: 1. Wei Deng (CHN), 261 kg (World Record; old, 257 kg, Deng, 2019); 2. Un Sim Rim (PRK), 251 kg; 3. Loredana-Elena Toma (ROU), 240 kg; 4. Mercedes Perez (COL), 238 kg; 5. Irina-Lacramoiara Lepsa (ROU), 235 kg; 6. Maude Charron (CAN), 230 kg; 7. Nathalia Llamosa (COL), 222 kg; 8. Sarah Davies (GBR), 222 kg.

71 kg: 1. Katie Nye (USA), 248 kg; 2. Mattie Rogers (USA), 240 kg; 3. Hyo Sim Kim (KOR), 230 kg; 4. Emily Godley (GBR), 226 kg; 5. Anastasiia Anzorova (RUS), 219 kg; 6. Maya Laylor (CAN), 218 kg; 7. Yekaterina Bykova (KAZ), 211 kg; 8. Kristel Macrohon (PHI), 210 kg.