C.J. Cummings, our much talked about local teen weightlifting phenom from right here in Beaufort is the World Junior Weightlifting Champion, again, after an amazing performance over the weekend at the Junior World Championship in Japan.
Cummings won his fourth consecutive world title on Sunday in Tokyo, successfully defending his previous International Weightlifting Federation Junior World Championship title earning two gold medals in the process.
This is the fourth consecutive World Title claimed by Cummings. His streak started last June at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia where he became the first American since 1994 to set a new World Record. He followed up his performance in Tbilisi by winning the 2016 Youth World Championships in Penang, Malaysia. In April of this year, Cummings defended his Youth World Championship by winning the competition in Bangkok, Thailand.
Lifting in the men’s 69kg A Session, Cummings was 4th coming out of the snatch after a successful second attempt at 138kg, leaving him 9kg out of first after Japan’s Masanori Miyamoto was successful with 147kg on his third attempt.
Check out some of CJ’s lifts from the weekend’s event:
But it’s become the norm in international competition for CJ Cummings to make up ground on the clean & jerk, a trend he repeated in Tokyo.
Cummings clean & jerked 173kg and then 183kg to win the title by 1kg over Miyamoto. His second clean & jerk attempt was a full 10kg over the next heaviest lift in that portion (Miyamoto’s). Cummings attempted 186kg — which would have been a new Youth World Record, breaking his own at 185kg — but it couldn’t quite pull it off.
“It’s just great. 9kg down going into the Clean & Jerk and still defending his World Championship – great performance and great way to fight,” USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews stated to barbend.com about Cummings’ repeat performance.
This kid is just plain special and Beaufort just loves following its local star.
No lifter his age has ever broken a national record in the history of USA Weightlifting. In fact, C.J. has broken nearly every weightlifting record he has ever encountered and has officially been declared the strongest male his age in the world, by international weightlifting officials. Simply put by one observer, C.J. has no peers — nationally or internationally.
In fact, it’s reported that scientists as well as officials from the sport are completely baffled as to why C.J. can do the phenomenal things he can do with his strength.
Our guess? Plenty of good local eating and healthy Lowcountry living.