King set an American record. Her lift of 83 kilos in the snatch broke the U.S. record of 82.5, which had been set by Nott in Sydney. King added 100 kilos in the clean and jerk for a total of 183 kilos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Weightlifter Morghan King of Redmond failed to end the United States’ 16-year streak of not medaling in the 48kg category, finishing sixth Saturday on the first day of Olympic competition.
Tara Nott was the last American to medal, winning gold in 2000. Still, King set an American record. Her lift of 83 kilos in the snatch broke the U.S. record of 82.5, which had been set by Nott in Sydney. King added 100 kilos in the clean and jerk for a total of 183 kilos.
“The snatch was something I’ve been working on for a long time. The clean and jerk, I knew it was going to be a lot tougher. But I’m happy,” King said. “I still have to pinch myself that I was out there. You are in the moment and focusing on your lift, then just trying to do your best, and then it’s all over. It’s kind of surreal.”
Sopita Tanasan of Thailand won the gold medal. She snatched 92 kilograms and lifted 108 kilograms in the clean and jerk for a total of 200 kilograms.
First American gold medal
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