Hampton Morris is without doubt one of the extra outstanding up-and-coming names in Olympic weightlifting. Amidst the absence of different notable stars, the athlete got here by for Team USA on the 2022 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Pan-American Championships in Bogotá, Colombia. 

On July 24, 2022, throughout the IWF contest in Colombia, Morris scored a 162-kilogram (357.1-pound) clear & jerk. The determine is a new Junior World Record for the 61-kilogram weight class. Per Team USA Weightlifting, Morris surpassed his personal earlier competitors better of 161 kilograms (354.9 kilos) from the 2022 USA Weightlifting (USAW) National Championships in Las Vegas in early July. The new high clear & jerk determine in a world competitors helped Morris win the 61-kilogram division general en path to a gold medal and his second Pan-American title (2020).

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Here’s a whole rundown of Morris’ efficiency throughout the 2022 IWF Pan-American Championships:

Hampton Morris (61KG) | 2022 IWF Pan-American Championships Top Stats

  • Snatch — 117 kilograms (257.9 kilos)
  • Clean & Jerk — 162 kilograms (357.1 kilos) | Junior World Record (61KG)
  • Total — 279 kilograms (615.1 kilos)

Morris’ output at these Pan-American Championships was largely clear. The athlete missed simply two of six general lifts — a 117-kilogram (257.9-pound) first snatch try and a 122-kilogram (268.9-pound) third snatch try. He completed every of his clear & jerk makes an attempt, ending with the Junior World Record of 162 kilograms (357.1 kilos) on his third profitable strive. 

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A Decorated Profile

Morris is likely to be solely 18 years outdated, however he’s amassed fairly the weightlifting resume. With Morris’ second Pan-American title, the athlete now has six victories in worldwide contests courting again to the Pan-American Youth Championships in August 2019. He possesses only one end out of first place in that time-frame — a second-place consequence on the 2021 Junior Pan-American Games in Cali and Valle, Colombia.

Here’s a rundown of Morris’ latest stellar output in sanctioned worldwide weightlifting contests, per the IWF listing:

Hampton Morris (61KG) | International Competitive Ledger 2019-2022

  • 2019 Pan-American Youth Championships — First place
  • 2020 Pan-American Junior Championships — First place
  • 2021 Youth World Championships — First place
  • 2021 Pan-American Championships — First place
  • 2021 Junior Pan-American Games — Second place
  • 2022 Junior World Championships — First place
  • 2022 Pan-American Championships — First place 

Morris’ new Junior World Record clear & jerk is a serious step up from his final look on the Pan-American Championships. In 2021, the weightlifter accomplished a 151-kilogram (332.9-pound) clear & jerk on the best way to a gold medal. That means Morris has improved that quantity by 11 kilograms (24.2 kilos).

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Full Steam Ahead

Morris’ upcoming schedule as a weightlifter ought to keep busy. Team USA Weightlifting has acknowledged that performances within the 2022 Pan-American Championships would considerably affect who the Americans decide to symbolize them on the 2022 IWF World Championships. That competitors may also happen in Bogotá, Colombia someday this December. (At the time of this text’s publication, the IWF has not confirmed a concrete date.)

At the time of this writing, Morris is on the 17-person roster for that competitors, together with noteworthy names like reigning Women’s 76-kilogram National Champion Mattie Rogers. Should Morris carry out effectively on the IWF Worlds, he is likely to be in rivalry for his first-ever look within the Olympics in Paris 2024.

At his tempo, that may simply be one among many eye-opening milestones in due time. 

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