Cana­dian weightlift­er wins sil­ver at Lima Pan Am Games

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LIMA, Peru — Boady San­tavy seemed to gain more con­fi­dence and swag­ger with each lift Mon­day at the Lima Pan Am Games.

The 22-year-old Cana­dian was the weightlift­er to beat at the Mariscal Cac­eras Coli­seum un­til he came up short with his fi­nal lift in the clean and jerk.

Af­ter nail­ing his first five at­tempts on the day, his sixth – this time at 215 kilo­grams – proved to be his un­do­ing as he set­tled for sil­ver in the men’s 96-kilo di­vi­sion. San­tavy fin­ished one kilo be­hind gold medal­list Jhonatan Ri­vas Mos­quera of Colom­bia.

“We weren’t too sure what (he) was go­ing to do so we wanted to do a big lift,” San­tavy said. “My knee was pretty sore and I think it got to my head.

“I think I’m phys­i­cally good for it, but men­tally I just lost it.”

San­tavy looked primed for gold af­ter lift­ing 208 ki­los with his pre­vi­ous at­tempt.

He nod­ded his head af­ter the ef­fort, tapped his heart twice and ex­tended an in­dex fin­ger in the air.

The com­pe­ti­tion had be­come a two-man race with Venezuela’s Key­do­mar Val­le­nilla well back in third.

Ri­vas Mos­quera an­swered the Cana­dian with a 210-kilo lift to shift the pres­sure. The de­ci­sion was made for San­tavy to go for 215, but he only got the bar to his waist be­fore drop­ping it down.

A tweak in his right knee, some­thing he called “noth­ing too ma­jor,” was a fac­tor.

“I felt strong but when I feel a lit­tle bit of pain, it plays on my mind,” he said. “It’s like, ‘Oh man.’ Just the pain re­ally gets to my head some­times.”

The re­sult meant Ri­vas Mos­quera didn’t need to come out for his fi­nal lift and could start cel­e­brat­ing in the warmup area be­hind the stage.

San­tavy, from Sar­nia, Ont., led the nine-man field af­ter the three­lift snatch por­tion. He barely seemed to strain with his first lift of 166 ki­los, toss­ing the bar down as if ready for more.

He tacked on five more ki­los for his next lift and had the same re­sult. San­tavy yelled with joy af­ter nail­ing his third lift of 176 ki­los, pumped his fists and bearhugged his fa­ther at the side of the stage be­fore lift­ing him up for good mea­sure.

San­tavy had the early mo­men­tum in the clean and jerk por­tion, as­suredly nod­ding his head as he brushed chalk on his hands be­fore lift­ing 203 ki­los.

The 208-kilo ef­fort that fol­lowed proved to be his peak.

“Some­times in this sport I find if you are sat­is­fied with a num­ber the next one is, ‘For­get it,”’ said coach Dalas San­tavy. “I think maybe a lit­tle bit of his heart was sat­is­fied with what he did. As a coach, I can see that.”

San­tavy, who won sil­ver in the 94-kilo di­vi­sion last year at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games, made his Pan Am de­but four years ago in Toronto.

“I was young and I got last place,” he said.

“So from last place to sec­ond place, I’m pretty ex­cited with that. I wanted to go from last to first, but last to sec­ond is not so bad.

“It’s a good warmup for world cham­pi­onships too so it sets me up pretty nice.”

Maude Char­ron of Ri­mouski, Que., was fourth in the women’s 64-kilo event.

AP PHOTO

Boady San­tavy com­petes in the clean and jerk men’s 96 kg event at the Pan Amer­i­can Games in Lima, Peru on Mon­day.

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