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Angie Palacios Claims Gold at 2023 Pan American Games totaling an impressive 253 kg

Ecuador has finally clinched its first gold medal at the 2023 Pan American Games currently taking place in Santiago. The honor was secured by weightlifter Angie Palacios in the 71 kg category, a remarkable achievement in the women’s division that will be long remembered by devoted fans.

At the same time, she holds the current record for South and North America, which she achieved in Havana on June 14, 2023. Today, she emerges as the best in her weight category and the women’s division at the Pan American Games. It’s worth noting that the competitions are being held at Gimnasio Chimkowe in the Peñalolén district.

Angie Palacios
Gold medalist Angie Palacios

The discussed athlete lifted 118 kg in the snatch and 135 kg in the Clean & Jerk, totaling an impressive 253 kg. This is an outstanding achievement to be proud of.

Now, let’s turn our attention to the second place, also claimed by a South American, this time from Colombia. We’re talking about Mari Sánchez, who rightfully celebrates receiving the Silver medal. She lifted 112 kg in the snatch and 134 kg in the Clean & Jerk, with a total of 246 kg in her accomplishments.


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Silver medalist Mari Sánchez

The Bronze medal went to American weightlifter Meredith Alwine. She displayed good results, although they fell just short of the gold and silver performances. Her numbers include 103 kg in the snatch, and 136 kg in the Clean & Jerk.

It was a fantastic display of athleticism, and it seems we can expect more from these athletes in the coming years. Let’s keep an eye on their future endeavors, whether in other major competitions or right here.

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Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 61 kg,
C&J – 78 kg

I’m Tanya, and I just can’t do without fitness. About six years ago, I got into Olympic weightlifting and instantly fell in love with it. Weightlifting is like no other sport – it’s just you versus the bar. Driven by my unwavering passion for an active lifestyle, I’ve been eager to share my personal journey and sports enthusiasm with others. As a journalist and photographer, my interests come full circle, adding an extra dimension to the news column that I curate. This way, I keep my readers updated with the latest happenings in the sports world.

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