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18-Year-Old CJ Cummings Sets 15 Records On Remarkable Day At Pan American Weightlifting Championships

By Todd Kortemeier | April 24, 2019, 10:37 p.m. (ET)

CJ Cummings successfully lifts 191 kg. in the men's 73 kg. clean & jerk at the 2019 Pan American Weightlifting Championships on April 24, 2019 in Guatemala City.


Junior record, senior record, American record, world record, whatever record you got, CJ Cummings can take it down.

Cummings was a one-man wrecking crew Wednesday night at the Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Guatemala City, which began Tuesday and continue through Saturday. The 18-year-old junior world champion for three years running went six for six to snatch 153 kg. and clean & jerk 191 kg. on his third lifts in the 73 kg. weight class.

Each of those lifts, and the total of 344 kg., set a new junior and senior American record, junior and senior Pan American record, as well as the new junior world record. In many cases, Cummings was breaking (and shattering) his own records, including his junior world records set at last year’s senior world championships.

"Are you serious?" Cummings gasped when he was told how many records he set. "Wow. Oh my gosh. I'm speechless right now. I'm speechless."

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Cummings was not far off the senior world records, held by China’s Shi Zhiyong. Cummings was especially close in the clean & jerk, just five kilos off.

While the records are obviously outstanding, the result is also going to go a long way toward Cummings qualifying for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Pan American championships are considered a gold event for Olympic qualification, meaning his total in Guatemala is weighted at 1.1 for the IWF Absolute Ranking, which will largely determine the Olympic team come April 2020.

Three other Americans also medaled on the second day of competition, with Jourdan Delacruz matching the Pan American total record of 207 kg. at 55 kg. as she earned two golds and a silver, Jessica Lucero taking three bronzes at 59 kg. with a 207 kg. total and Jordan Wissinger claiming bronze in the 67 kg. snatch with a lift of 130 kg.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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