CJ Cummings left no room for question in the 69kg category on the third day of competition at the 2016 International Weightlifting Federation Youth World Championships in Penang, Malaysia. He captured the championship title with a 23kg lead over second place and set a new youth world record in the clean and jerk at 180kg.
Cummings went 2 for 3 in the snatch session with successful lifts at 130kg and 135kg. He did not complete his final lift at 138kg.
His defining moment came in the clean and jerk session when he successfully completed 182kg on his second attempt. This lift set a new youth world record, 2kg above the previous record of 180kg. Cummings also held the prior record, which he set at the IWF Junior World Championships in June.
He totaled at 317kg, matching the youth world record that he previously set in June. Cummings three gold medals Saturday adds to an impressive year so far. In June he was crowned Junior World Champion in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Teammate Will Cohen also competed in the 69kg category on Saturday. He missed his opener lifts and bounced back in both sessions to successfully complete the lifts on his second attempts. In a 2 for 6 performance, he totaled at 240kg with a 110kg snatch and 130kg clean and jerk. He secured 16th place in the session.
Juliette Chang-Fane lifted for Team USA in the 63kg category. She kicked off with two successful snatches at 72kg and 76kg and came up just short on her final attempt at 80kg. She made her first two clean and jerks at 93kg and 97kg and missed her final attempt at 100kg.
Chang-Fane finished with a very solid 173kg total, setting a new youth American record. The previous total of 172kg was held by Maddy Myers since 2014.
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