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Venezuela leads the South American Youth Weightlifting

Venezuela leads the South American Youth Weightlifting

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on October 03, 2014

Venezuelan weightlifters garnered six gold and seven silver medals to lead at the South American Junior Weightlifting Championship.

The country won another three gold and three silver medals at the Simon Bolivar International Weightlifting Tournament. Both events are taking place concurrently in the northern Venezuelan coastal state of Vargas.

Genesis Rodriguez won the three gold medals at the South American competition, in the 53 kilo division, by lifting 90 kilos in the snatch and 103 kilos in the clean and jerk, for a total of 193 kilos.

Areibis Lazaro won a fourth gold medal, in the 48 kilo class, by lifting 85 kilos in the clean and jerk, while Maikol Diaz won a gold for lifting 95 kilos in his division (56 kg) and Julio Mayora (62 kg) won a gold medal for lifting 119 kilos. Some 120 athletes from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela are competing at the event, which concludes Friday.

Betsy Rivas won three gold medals on the opening day of the Simon Bolivar Tournament, in the 48 kilo division, by lifting 70 kilos in the snatch and 90 kilos in the clean and jerk, for a total lift of 160 kilos. Compatriot Eduar Beris won three silver medals, in the 56 kilo category, by lifting 105 and 128 kilos, for a total of 233 kilos. Ecuador, meanwhile, heads the medals table at the Simon Bolivar, with eight gold and four silver medals. 

Both competitions serve to select the athletes for the World Weightlifting Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, both in November.

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