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Women’s Weightlifting Results at the 2023 Pan American Games (81+ kg)

The Pan American Games in 2023 in Santiago are still going on. Tuesday was special because the stands at Gimnasio Chimkowe were full. Chilean fans didn’t want to miss the final day of weightlifting competitions, and that’s no surprise, as there was a lot to see. You can check the results below:

Category Exercise Gold Silver Bronze
81+ kg
Snatch 🇺🇸Mary Theisen-Lappen 120 kg 🇪🇨Lisseth Ayoví 119 kg 🇩🇲Crismery Santana 117 kg
C&J 🇺🇸Mary Theisen-Lappen 157 kg 🇪🇨Lisseth Ayoví 157 kg 🇩🇲Crismery Santana 150 kg
Total 🇺🇸Mary Theisen-Lappen 277 kg 🇪🇨Lisseth Ayoví 276 kg 🇩🇲Crismery Santana 267 kg

As an example, let’s focus on the last women’s category, which is the +81 kg class. In this category, Mary Theisen-Lappen took the top spot. It’s worth noting that she was the champion at the 2023 Riyadh Weightlifting World Championships. Fans had high hopes for her, and she didn’t disappoint.

Mary Theisen-Lappen, golden medalist in the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games

She’s an American athlete representing the United States and achieved a total of 277 kg. These results came from two lifts, with 120 kilograms in the snatch and 157 kilograms in the clean and jerk. These outstanding results earned her the gold medal.

Lisseth Ayoví, silver medalist in the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games

The silver medal went to an Ecuadorian athlete, Lisseth Ayoví, who also achieved excellent results. Her total was 276 kg, just 1 kg less than the gold medalist. It’s a bit sad but still an achievement. Her results were also strong, with 119 kilograms in the snatch and 157 kilograms in the clean and jerk.


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The bronze medalist was a bit behind the top two athletes. It was the Dominican athlete, Crismery Santana. She achieved an excellent overall result of 267 kg, which was 10 kg less than the gold medalist. Looking at her specific results, she lifted 117 kilograms in the snatch and 150 kilograms in the clean and jerk.

Let’s take a look at the local athlete for whom Chilean residents had high hopes. Arantzazu Pavez finished with a total of only 233 kg. Her final results were not quite what the citizens had hoped for, with 105 kilograms in the snatch and 128 kilograms in the clean and jerk. She may have finished seventh in the competition, but her results have secured her a respectable place in the upcoming Junior World Weightlifting Championships in Mexico in November. Congratulations to her!

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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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