Bringing USA Medal After 55 Years, Hampton Morris Leaves the World in Awe While Clinching Paris Olympics Spot: ‘Holy S**t Kid’

Published 04/02/2024, 7:52 PM EDT

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With the Paris Olympics looming just 115 days away, all eyes are on Hampton Morris, a rising 20-year-old weightlifting sensation from Georgia. Hampton Morris has already achieved significant milestones in weightlifting, including three consecutive gold medals in the men’s 61 kg event at the Pan American Weightlifting Championships. He also holds the current American record in his weight category and is a Jr. World Champion gold medalist.

However, it was his recent stunning performance that truly stole the show, as he not only solidified his qualification for the Paris Olympics but also shattered a longstanding record, bringing home gold after an astonishing 55 years. This has left the internet buzzing with excitement, as Morris’ feat left jaws dropping around the world.

Hampton Morris solidifies his chances at the Paris Olympics with a historic win


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Hampton Morris achieved a historic feat by breaking the clean-and-jerk world record at the IWF World Cup in Phuket, Thailand. He lifted 176 kg (388 lbs), nearly three times his body weight, making him the first American male athlete to break a weightlifting world record since 1969 by Bob Bednarski. His achievement marked the end of a 55-year wait for the United States to produce a male weightlifter capable of setting a senior world record. This record-breaking lift not only earned him the world record but also moved him up to the #2 spot in the IWF world ranking in his weight class.

With the top 10 lifters in each men’s and women’s weight class qualifying for the Olympics, Morris’s outstanding performance significantly bolstered his chances of securing his first Olympic berth. Moving up from seventh to second in the global Olympic qualifying rankings further solidified his position, placing him in a prime position to represent the United States on the Olympic stage. If he competes, he could become the youngest American weightlifter to participate in the Olympics since Cheryl Haworth at the 2000 Sydney Games. This performance has made the internet excited with a frenzy to see the phenom clinch world dominance.


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Internet left in awe of the weightlifting prodigy

Fans swarmed the social media platform X in a frenzy with the news of Hampton Morris’s exceptional display. One enthusiastic supporter couldn’t help but express admiration, hoping the star reaches the Paris Olympics.

Another fan marveled at Morris’s seemingly effortless performance and suggested that his record-breaking feat was long overdue.

Yet, amidst the excitement, there was a sentiment of national pride.


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Deservedly so, another admirer hailed Morris as “phenomenal,” capturing the sentiment of awe and admiration surrounding his remarkable accomplishment.


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The last U.S. men’s weightlifting medals were won at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, highlighting the rarity of American success in this sport at the Olympic level. Could Hampton Morris end this drought? Comment below!

Read more: Paris Olympics 2024: Coached by His Dad, 20-Year-Old Weightlifting Phenom Eyes Podium Spot for Team USA


Written by:

Christaline Meyers


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Christaline Meyers is a senior Olympics writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in gymnastics and alpine skiing. Christaline is one of the acclaimed authorities in the coverage of 6x All-Around champion, Simone Biles. She has written extensively, covering every detail of Biles’s life stories as well as providing her perspective on Simone Biles’ Yurchenko Double Pike controversy.
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Bhujaya Ray Chowdhury