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Bronze World Champion Jourdan Delacruz Withdrew from IWF Grand Prix

The bronze medalist from the World Championship in Riyadh decided to withdraw from the IWF Grand Prix in Doha after missing her first two snatch attempts. Even though there were no real medical concerns, Team USA’s coaching staff decided that it was best to withdraw the athlete from the competition altogether as a preventative measure to save her. 

The American athlete had one of the best years of her weightlifting career in 2023, winning the Pan American Games for the second time while also winning her first World Championship medal – a bronze from the competition held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

There, she also showed her best result for the year, lifting an 88 kg snatch, along with a 112 kg clean and jerk attempt for a total of 200 kg, which was enough to get her to third place. 

Jourdan Delacruz at Pan American Championships in 2021
Jourdan Delacruz at Pan American Championships in 2021

Jourdan Delacruz’s Career So Far

Jourdan started competing in the 53 kg category as a junior lifter, but after she graduated to her senior career, she was moved to the 49 kg category and has competed in it ever since. Delacruz has represented the United States in several world championships and the Tokyo Olympic Games.

However, she didn’t manage to rank as she failed to register a result in the clean and jerk. So far, her best career total was recorded in 2019 during the Pan American Championships, which she managed to win by making a 91 kg snatch and a 116 kg clean and jerk for a combined lift of 207 kg.

Unfortunately, she hasn’t managed to return to that kind of form again, but she will need it if she’s to podium at the Olympic Games next year.

Even though Jordan’s performance was far from perfect, yesterday’s competition day for the women’s 49 kg field was interesting and full of highlights that you can see in our YouTube video. To go along with that, our coverage of the IWF Grand Prix in Doha continues as we post live news and updates from the event on our blog.

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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

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