Junior Pan American championship 2016
Last week, Josh Ji, Coach Nghiep Dinh, and Chris Wong (Medical Staff), along with other fellow USA junior athletes and coaches, traveled to San Salvador, El Salvador, for a week, to participate in the 2016 Junior Pan American Championships.
Jr. Pan Ams was Josh's first international competition Josh's first international competition.
It's an experience I will never forget.
His snatch attempts were 145kg, 151kg, and a close miss at 155 kg. This was by far his best snatch day. He also clean and jerked 179kg for a 330kg total. He earned a gold in the snatch, and silvers in the clean and jerk and total in the 105kg weight class. Way to represent USA Josh! Make sure to check out Josh's lifts below or on our Youtube Channel
Other highlights from Team USA included 16-year-old Harrison Maurus (77) taking a crack at the Youth World Record with a clean & jerk at 184kg (The record was later broken by Colombian Yeison Lopez who made 186kg). Maurus took home silver all around. Maddy Myers (63) also had an outstanding performance, where she won silver in the snatch, and clean & jerked 120kg for a new junior American clean and jerk and total record to earn two golds and take home the best female lifter award.
Overall, Team USA was able to bring home 29 medals - six gold, fourteen silver, and nine bronze. The men's and women's team both took third overall.
This junior USAW team is one of the best that I have seen in a long time!
Competition mode is back on this weekend for the 2016 USA Weightlifting National Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials. SENSE has two athletes, Andrew Cheung (56) and Vu Truong (62), who will be taking the platform during the 56A/62A session on Friday, so stay tuned!