Morales’ Bronze at 55kg Highlights YWC Day 2

LIMA, Peru - Jade Morales (16, Redwood City, Calif.) earned the first medal of the 2024 Youth World Championships for the United States Thursday afternoon when she finished third overall at 55 kg. Morales set a trio of personal records when she lifted 76 kg in the snatch and 99 kg in the clean and jerk for a 175 kg total. Those results put her fifth in both the snatch and clean and jerk, but Marim Abdellatif (Egypt) and Phuttharak Waiphod (Thailand) were unable to record full results, thus allowing Morales to finish third overall. 

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Brynn Cupp and Amelia Phillips also represented the U.S. on Thursday. Both lifters competed in the 49kg B session where Cupp ultimately finished 12th overall and Phillips finished 17th. Cupp/s 80 kg C&J and 145 kg total were PRs, while Phillips had career results in all three categories. 

Thursday marked Morales’ third career international competition, and her best finish to date. She previously finished sixth overall at the 2023 Youth World Championships and 10th in the 2022 championships. Cupp and Phillips were both making their international debuts. 

55A, Jade Morales (76 kg PR, 99 kg PR, 175 kg PR) 5th in SN, 5th in C&J, 3rd in Total

49B, Brynn Cupp (65 kg, 80 kg PR, 145 kg PR) 10th in SN, 11th in CJ, 12th in Total

49B, Amelia Phillips (58 kg PR, 76 kg PR, 134 kg PR) 19th in SN, 15th in CJ, 17th in Total

The Youth World Championships continue Friday, May 24th with a full day of action for the United States. Gracie Rice, Autumn Sands, and Kale Bunce all compete at 2:00 p.m. ET, and Emma Heck and Ryan McDonald follow at 4:30 p.m. ET. The live stream and live scoreboard can be followed here.