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Anthem man wins gold medal in weightlifting

8/19/2015

ANTHEM – Fred Martinez of Anthem won a gold medal on Aug. 12, at the International Weightlifting Federation Masters World Cup in Dallas.

Martinez competed in the 40-44-years-old age division and the 62 kilogram (136 pound) weight class. In the snatch portion of the contest, Martinez had three lifts of 75 kilograms (165 pounds), 80 kilograms (176 pounds), and 85 kilograms (187 pounds), missing the last lift by an inch. In the clean-and-jerk portion of the event, he lifted 85 kilograms (187 pounds), 90 kilograms (198 pounds), and 100 kilograms (220 pounds), missing the last lift by an inch.

The Masters World Cup provides athletes aged 35 or over from all over the globe an international competition opportunity to set world records on American soil. The Masters World Cup is one of the top Masters meets of the year and attracts international-caliber athletes. The United States boasts several reigning masters World Champions, and several US Olympians compete regularly at the Masters level.

Martinez has been competing in the sport of weightlifting for over 17 years and is coached by 2008 USA Olympic weightlifting women's coach. Martinez teaches Olympic Style weightlifting in Anthem.