Puerto Peñasco weightlifter Adbeel Noemí “Mimí” Rodríguez Lugo, along with fellow Sonoran athletes, has been selected to compete in the Sub20 Youth PanAmerican Championships to be held July 9th – 15th in Manizales, Colombia. These games are a classifier for the PanAmerican Youth Games towards the end of the year.
“Mimí” and her weightlifting cohorts are favorites to top the podium in each of their respective categories. In the recent Macro-Regional competition, four of the athletes came out as best in their category and weight. State Weightlifting Association president Rafael Escobedo Zamorano touted “Mexico will undoubtedly sweep in the (Sub20) PanAmericans, particularly in the women’s division. Mexico is going after medals in all divisions.” He added nearly half of the women’s team to compete in the Sub20 Youth Games is from Sonora.
Prior to the Sub20Youth PanAmerican Games, Noemí and her teammates will continue training at the Multi-Purpose Center in Hermosillo before going to Monterrey, Nuevo León to compete in the National CONADE 2021 Games June 27th – July 3rd. They will stay in Monterrey to continue with training until departing for Colombia.
Originally from Puerto Peñasco, in 2018 Mimí became national and Pan American weightlifting champion at just 16. A year later, she shone in the Sub17 PanAmericans, which were held in Guayaquil, Ecuador by registering three world records in her category. She is the first Mexican woman in history to have achieved such a feat.