Weightlifters Win Gold, Bronze at American Open
MARQUETTE, Mich.—United States Olympic Education Center weightlifters Vanessa McCoy and Ryan Borges earned medals last weekend (Dec. 1 - 2) at the American Open Weightlifting Championships in Palm Springs, Calif.
McCoy of Wichita Falls, Texas, who competed in the 63-kilogram weight class, finished the weekend with a 183-kg total and a gold medal. McCoy lifted a personal record in the snatch with an 84-kg lift and a clean and jerk total of 99 kg.
Earning a bronze medal in the 62-kg weight class was Ryan Borges of Bradenton, Fla. Borges lifted 98 kg in the snatch and 120 kg in the clean and jerk for a 218-kg total for the day.
McCoy, who has not competed on a national stage in over a year due to an injury, was pleased with her results.
“I felt strong and fast going into the competition,” said McCoy. “Coach (Vance) Newgard prepared me well. Taking first place is a confidence booster. I’m looking forward to being able to compete at more national events and raising my overall rankings.”