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Another Competition Another 15 Records For Weightlifter CJ Cummings

By Todd Kortemeier | June 28, 2019, 2:20 p.m. (ET)

(C) CJ Cummings celebrates winnings gold at Junior Pan Am Championships on June 27, 2019 in Havana, Cuba.


It’s a good thing record books are digital now because you couldn’t print them fast enough to keep CJ Cummings’ records up to date.

The 19-year-old weightlifter from Beaufort, South Carolina, set new marks again on Thursday, this time at the Junior Pan Am Championships in Havana, Cuba. Much like he did this past April at the senior Pan Ams, Cummings set 15 new 73 kg. records. His 154 kg. in snatch, 193 kg. in clean & jerk and total of 347 kg. were all junior and senior Pan Am records, and also a new junior world record as well as the new junior and senior American records. 

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The snatch was good enough for a silver medal, while Cummings won gold in clean & jerk and in total.

Cummings is in a dominant stretch of success, having earlier this month become the first weightlifter — man or woman, of any nation — to win four junior world titles in a row with his triumph in Fiji. Cummings is currently the top-ranked weightlifter in the world, and as such is in prime position to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Junior Pan Ams are a gold event for Olympic qualifying, meaning they carry the maximum amount of weight, further bolstering Cummings’ chances of making the U.S. Olympic Team.

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.