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Mattie Rogers won’t be denied relating to setting new bars of weightlifting excellence. 

On July 28, 2022, throughout the 2022 Pan-American Championships in Bogotá, Colombia, Rogers’ mixture of overhead power and leg energy was displayed once more. During the competition, the 76-kilogram weightlifter captured a 141-kilogram (310.8-pound) clear & jerk to set a new Senior American Record. The mark surpasses Rogers’ earlier report from the 2022 USA Weightlifting (USAW) National Championships Week by one kilogram (2.2 kilos)

Thanks to that new report clear & jerk determine, a 111-kilogram (244.7-pound) high snatch, and a 252-kilogram (555.5 kilos) complete — Rogers took dwelling three gold medals within the 76-kilogram division. It’s the American athlete’s second Pan-American title in three years (2020, 2022). 

Check out a video of Rogers’ American Record clear & jerk from her Instagram profile:

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Notably, between Junior and Senior competitions, Rogers’ victory means the weightlifter has now stood on the Pan-American podium for 9 straight years

Here’s a high stat rundown of Rogers’ full efficiency on the 2022 Pan-American Championships:

Mattie Rogers (76KG) | 2022 Pan-American Championships Top Stats

  • Snatch — 111 kilograms 
  • Clean & Jerk — 141 kilograms | Senior American Record
  • Total — 252 kilograms 

Rogers’ complete is her greatest ever from a world competitors. It’s simply three kilograms (6.6 kilos) of her National greatest from the 2021 USAW Weightlifting National Championships. Rogers unsuccessfully tried a 114-kilogram (251.3-pound) snatch, which might’ve given her a brand new private report (PR). Current 76-kilogram Olympic Champion Neisi Dajomes owns the Pan-American snatch report of 118 kilograms (260.1 kilos). 

In Rogers’ Instagram submit, she mirrored on what went into her newest achievement. She additionally seemed forward to coming potential challenges in her future. 

“Definitely not exactly according to plan today, but a valuable experience to prep for Worlds this year, also in Bogotá [Colombia],” Rogers writes. “I worked out the kinks (i.e., maybe let’s not lose three kilograms upon arrival again, or I don’t know … remember how to clean without a WWE smackdown choke holding myself). I’m ready to keep this upward trend moving. Time to bid a sad, sad farewell to the 76-kilogram weight class once again and start our Olympic qualification in the 81-kilogram class.”

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A Seamless Transition

As Rogers alludes, the weightlifter will probably shift to the 81-kilogram division on the upcoming 2022 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships. That contest can even happen in Bogotá, Colombia, someday in December 2022. At the time of this writing, the IWF group has not introduced a particular date for the competition. 

Rogers’ shift in weight class is critical for her long-term ambitions as a result of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) won’t embrace the 76-kilogram division within the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Rogers will try to efficiently qualify for her second straight Olympic Games within the coming years. (Note: Rogers completed sixth within the 87-kilogram weight class in her first Olympics throughout Tokyo 2020.)

Rogers, 26, has moved round divisions at intermittent factors all through her profession. She has expertise within the 81-kilogram division, as she gained her first Senior Pan-American Championship in 2020 in that division. The American athlete additionally took dwelling gold within the 81-kilogram weight class on the 2021 USAW Weightlifting National Championships. 

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With the 2022 Worlds performing as a big preliminary step in qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris — Rogers and different American athletes must function within the division they plan on competing in France. Whether Rogers can translate that very same success within the 81-kilogram division to future contests stays to be seen. Given her previous high-level precedent, it wouldn’t be an unlikely growth. 

Featured picture: @mattierogersoly on Instagram