Little Falls’ Jake Anderson took third place at the USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships and Youth Olympic Games Trials in Daytona Beach, Fla., June 12 – 15.
Anderson competed in the 105 kilogram weight class in the 16 – 17 age group.
Anderson snatched 103 kilograms and clean and jerked 135 kilograms for a total of 238.
The champion was J Grant Simonds with a total of 258 and the runner-up was Connor Rousemiller with a total of 257.
In all, 531 athletes and 302 coaches from across the United States participated in the event, making it the largest domestic weightlifting competition in the world to date. An annual event, the USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships and Youth Olympic Games Trials features competition among the elite of American youth weightlifting athletes, all of whom are age 17 or younger.
Anderson earned a state title earlier this year for the Little Falls Weightlifting Club, which was in its first season of competition.
“It was a huge event and a big step for the Little Falls Olympic Weightlifting Club,” coach Nick Abbott said.