On June 29, 2022, weightlifter Olivia Reeves clear and jerked 138 kilograms (304.2 kilos) throughout the 2022 USA Weightlifting National Championships in Las Vegas, NV.

This elevate is a brand new Senior American weightlifting document for the 71-kilogram division. Reeves surpasses Kate Vibert’s (previously Kate Nye) 137-kilogram (302-pound) clear & jerk from the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championships.

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Vibert has technically since surpassed that energy feat, with a 138-kilogram clear & jerk however that was whereas competing as a 76-kilogram weightlifter. However, with a physique weight of 70.7 kilograms on the time of her 2019 elevate, she stays the lightest American girls’s athlete to scrub & jerk no less than 300 kilos, in response to hookgrip. Reeves simply barely missed out on that milestone as her physique weight was 70.72 kilograms throughout the 2022 USA Weightlifting Nationals.

Nonetheless, Reeves can nonetheless lay declare to the official American clear & jerk 71-kilogram division document.

Reeves at a Glance

In addition to her American clear & jerk document, Reeves scored private competitors bests on her finest snatch and complete. Here are the American athlete’s prime stats from this competitors:

Olivia Reeves (71KG) | 2022 USA Weightlifting National Championships

  • Snatch — 110 kilograms (242.5 kilos) | All-Time Competition Best 
  • Clean & Jerk — 138 kilograms (304.2 kilos) | American Record
  • Total — 248 kilograms (546.7 kilos) | All-Time Competition Best 

Reeves’ gold medal consequence and clear & jerk document at this contest fall consistent with the standard begin to her younger profession. Here are the entire outcomes from her rising resume:

Olivia Reeves | Complete Career Results

  • 2019 IWF Youth World Championships (71KG) — Second place
  • 2020 Rogue Weightlifting Challenge (71KG) — First place
  • 2021 IWF Junior World Championships (71KG) — First place
  • *2020 Pan-American Junior Championships (71KG) — First place
  • 2021 Junior Pan American Games (76KG) — First place
  • 2021 IWF World Championships (71KG) — Fourth place
  • 2022 IWF Junior World Championships (71KG) — Second place
  • 2022 USA Weightlifting National Championships (71KG) — First place

*Occurred in Summer 2021 after a postponement from the unique date.

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Notably, in a mid-May 2022 demonstration of her leg energy, Reeves hit a 200-kilogram (440.9-pound) squat private document (PR). The again squat might not be one of many predominant Olympic weightlifting actions the place Reeves locations most of her aggressive vitality.

That stated, her squat PR is roughly 30 kilos greater than Vibert’s prime determine — who’s roughly 5 years older. If Reeves is matching and surpassing a 2020 Tokyo Olympian in a number of avenues, it might portend nice issues for her future as a severe contender on the 2024 Paris Olympics. She must overcome Vibert for the American 71-kilogram division roster spot, who’s at present coaching for the competition.

What’s Next

While Reeves hasn’t confirmed it on the time of this writing, she’s going to doubtless goal to achieve a spot with Team USA for the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. Should Reeves qualify, it will be her first-ever Olympic Games. By the time that competitors rolls round, if she continues her torrid tempo, Reeves could possibly be one in every of Team USA’s premier stars.

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