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Team USA Brings Home Eight Medals, World Record from IWF Youth World Championships

By Anna Resman | Oct. 28, 2016, 3:22 p.m. (ET)

Team USA is back on home soil after an exciting week abroad in Penang, Malaysia for the 2016 IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) Youth World Championships. Athletes from 43 different countries competed from October 19 to 25 in one of the most prestigious international competitions for youth lifters.  

The United States doubled its medal count from last year, taking home eight medals – three gold, three silver, and two bronze. The women's team finished fourth overall, and the men's team placed sixth. 

CJ Cummings continued his year of record-breaking performances with a dominating finish in the 69kg class. He came in first across the board, taking home three gold medals and totaling 22kg above second place. With a successful 182kg clean and jerk, Cummings broke the current youth world record, which he held, by 2kg.  

He had set the 180kg record at the IWF Junior Word Championships back in June. Prior to this summer, no American had broken a youth world record. Cummings has now done it twice in one year.  

Hayley Reichardt kicked off competition for the women's team with a strong bronze medal finish. Her final clean and jerk at 86kg landed her in third overall with a 151kg total, just 1kg above fourth place. This was Reichardt's final international competition as a youth lifter before she moves onto the next age group.   

Harrison Maurus also continues to make a name for himself on the international stage. He won three silver medals and set three new youth American records in the 77kg weight class. This is a big step up from last year's event in Lima, Peru, where he placed fourth, sixth, and sixth, in the snatch, clean and jerk, and total, respectively. The only contender placing above Maurus was Yeison Lopez Lopez of Colombia, who won gold in all three categories and set three new youth world records.  

Teammates Athena Schrijver and Madison Stenbo battled it out in the 69kg class, placing seventh and eighth, respectively. They finished at the same total weight of 187kg, with Schrijver taking the higher place based on body weight. Stenbo set a youth American record in the snatch with a solid 87kg lift. Schrijver and Stenbo have gotten close over the years, having trained together many times at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Schrijver describes the team as, "one big family." 

Reichardt started the competition with a bronze, and Sha'la McMillian closed it out for Team USA in a similar fashion. In the +69kg class, McMillian went three for three in snatch, capturing bronze and setting a new youth American record with her final attempt at 100kg.  

Juliette Chang-Fane and Marcos Bribiesca also set youth American records in their respective weight classes; Chang-Fane with a 173kg total, and Bribiesca with a 173kg clean and jerk.  

David Fleming, team lead, reflected on Team USA's performance – "I am incredibly proud of all of our 2016 Youth World Team members. They are not only great competitors, but great young men and women as well. These young athletes are the future of USA Weightlifting and that future looks very bright."  

Full results for Team USA are posted here. Next up for USA Weightlifting are the 2016 FISU World University Championships in mid-November and American Open in mid-December. December's event marks the final year of the American Open as standalone event. The American Open Series will commence in 2017.


CJ Cummings (69kg): 182kg clean and jerk 

Juliette Chang-Fane (63kg): 173kg total 
CJ Cummings (69kg): 182kg clean and jerk 
Harrison Maurus (77kg): 145kg snatch 
Harrison Maurus (77kg): 176kg clean and jerk 
Harrison Maurus (77kg): 321kg total 
Marcos Bribiesca (+94kg): 173kg clean and jerk 
Madison Stenbo (69kg): 87kg snatch 
Sha'la McMillian (+69kg): 100kg snatch
CJ Cummings (69kg): 182kg clean and jerk
CJ Cummings (69kg): 182kg clean and jerk 

2016 Youth World Championships