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Two American weightlifters will cement their spot in Rio Sunday afternoon in downtown Salt Lake City. Because, of the three quota places earned by the U.S women at respective world championships the last two years, one has already been filled.
Jenny Arthur qualified for the Rio de Janeiro Games by setting the top cumulative score of any U.S. lifter at the 2014 and 2015 world championships in January.
The Gainesville, Ga., native will lift in the 75 kg. class in Brazil, the first American to represent in the category since 2000 Olympian Cara Heads Slaughter. Arthur is one of 15 female lifters slated to compete in Sunday's U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Salt Palace Convention Center.
Former Olympians Sarah Robles and Holley Mangold will face off in the 75+kg. category. Both made their Olympic debuts in the 2012 Games in London. Mangold is the sister of New York Jets offensive lineman Nick Mangold.
Also competing in the women's trials Sunday are Morghan King (48 kg.), Jessica Lucero (58 kg.), Mattie Rogers (69 kg.) and 19-year-old Utahn Jessie Bradley (69 kg.).
"The reality is, any of the 15 can make it," said Phil Andrews, CEO of USA Weightlifting. "It's just who's in the best form, and who do we expect to do well."
Sixteen American male lifters will compete for eight spots Sunday in the trials for the right to travel to Colombia next month. There they'll face off against other lifters from around the globe for one final spot at the Rio Games this August.
Two-time Olympic lifter Kendrick Farris (94 kg.) headlines the men's group Sunday. Farris took first place at last year's Pan American Games. Also set to compete are the likes of Norik Vardanian (94 kg.), Caine Wilkes (105+kg.), Travis Cooper (85 kg.) and 15-year-old lifting sensation C.J. Cummings (69 kg.).
Since results from Sunday's Olympic trials are incorporated into the national championship results from Friday and Saturday, most national champions won't be crowned until Sunday night.
Two national champions were named Friday due to no lifters in their category in the trials. Darren Barnes won the 56 kg. weight category, while Jacob Horst won the 62 kg.
USA Weightlifting Championships and Olympic Team Trials
Salt Palace Convention Center
Olympic Trials • Men: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Women: 4-6 p.m.
» Three U.S. female lifters qualify for Rio on Sunday.
» Eight U.S. male lifters will qualify to travel to Colombia next month, when the U.S. will there determine which of the eight will earn the one Olympic slot in Rio.