More records have fallen at the 2021 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Youth World Championships. Katie Estep of the US stepped onto the platform in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and set three youth world records and a junior world record en route to winning gold in the 55-kilogram weight class. Here are the stats from her gold-medal performance:

2021 IWF Youth World Championships — Katie Estep | 55 Kilograms

  • Snatch — 89 kilograms (196.2 pounds) — Youth American, Youth Pan-American, Youth World Record; Junior American Record
  • Clean & Jerk — 109 kilograms (240.3 pounds) — Youth American Record
  • Total — 198 kilograms (436.5 pounds) — Youth American, Youth World Record

Estep’s 89-kilogram (196.2-pound) snatch is the new Youth American, Youth Pan-American, and Junior American records in addition to the Youth world record. Her 109-kilogram clean & jerk is the new Youth American record. Additionally, Estep claimed the Youth American and Youth world record totals. Check out Estap’s Youth world record snatch below:

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Estep’s new Youth world record snatch beat the previous record held by Nina Sterckx of Belgium by a single kilogram. Sterckx, age 17, scored an 88-kilogram (194-pound) snatch at the 2019 EPF European Youth Championships in Eliat, Israel. Estep also surpassed Jourdan Delacruz‘s former Junior American snatch record of 87 kilograms (191.8 pounds).

Estep’s 198-kilogram (436.5-pound) Youth total world record eclipsed Pak Jin-hae of the Republic of North Korea’s previous record also by a single kilogram. Pak, age 15, hit 197 kilograms (434.3 pounds) at the 2019 Asian Youth & Junior Championships in Pyongyang, North Korea. Pak still holds the Youth world record clean & jerk of 110 kilograms (242.5 pounds).

2021 IWF Youth World Championships Results — Women’s 55 Kilograms

  1. Katie Estep (USA) — 198 kilograms (436.5 pounds)
  2. Ozoda Hojieva (UZB) — 172 kilograms (379.2 pounds)
  3. Ximena Leon Pérez (MEX) — 171 kilograms (377 pounds)

Check out Estep’s Youth American record clean & jerk in the video below, courtesy of USA Weightlifting‘s (USAW) Instagram page:

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Youth World Championships Continue

At the time of this article’s publication, Russia, Thailand, and the USA have each has claimed two gold medals. Turkey and the Philippines have also scored gold in the Women’s 40-kilogram and Women’s 45-kilogram classes, respectively.

On Oct. 6, 2021, USA’s Hampton Morris, competing in the Men’s 55-kilogram class, set two Youth world records on the way to his gold-medal finish. Given the rate at which world records are being toppled in Jeddah, one can assume there will be more historic lifts made before the competition concludes on Oct. 12, 2021.

Feature image: @usa_weightlifting on Instagram





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