STAMFORD, Conn. Team Connecticut weightlifter Tom Sullivan, a Fairfield resident and newly appointed Norwalk police officer, and Lesbia Cruz were named the Men's and Women's Outstanding lifters at the Connecticut Open on Sunday at Bluestreak Sports Training in Stamford.
Sullivan lifted a personal best 122 kilograms (268 pounds) in the snatch lift and 144 kilograms (317 pounds) in the clean and jerk. He exceeded the national championships qualifying standard by 13 kilograms. Sullivan joined the Norwalk Police Department this week after a six-month stint at the Connecticut Police Academy.
Cruz also easily qualified for the U.S. meet, lifting 108 kilograms (238 pounds) in the clean and jerk. Cruz, a member of the national team in Guatemala, set a national record in the clean and jerk. Cruz is training with Risto Sports and Ivan Rojas as she seeks a spot in the Pan American Games.
Team Connecticut Weightlifting Club of Wilton conducted the meet. Lifters competed in the Open, Junior (20-and-under) and Masters (35-and-over) divisions. Nearly 70 contestants, primarily from the Northeast, lifted in the meet. The meet has been held since 1970, and Bluestreak has hosted the event for the last four years. For more information, visit the Team Connecticut website .
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