Team USA Caps Off Historic Youth World Championships with Youth Olympic Games Berth

By Kevin Farley | April 10, 2017, 1:34 p.m. (ET)

 


Team USA capped off an historic IWF Youth World Championships by earning three provisional slots to the Youth Olympic Games through a Worlds Competition for the first time, all while Kuinini Manumua (+75kg of San Francisco, California, attached to Hassle Free Barbell Club) landed on the medal podium.


With 107 points, Team USA’s Men’s team secured two quotas for next year’s Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On the Women’s side, 110 points was enough to earn one slot for next year’s competition. Previously, Team USA entered the Youth Olympic Games by earning slots at Pan American competitions. 


All quotas earned by teams in Bangkok are pending anti-doping result management processes. 


“These young men and women went to Bangkok with a purpose,” Lance Williams, USA Weightlifting’s Associate Executive Director of Sport said. “They performed exceptionally as a team and earned the Youth Olympic Games slots we were looking for.”


Team USA had five athletes lifting on the final day of competition at the Youth World Championships. The highlight was Manumua winning the bronze medal in snatch with a 93kg lift and bronze in total with 210kg. 


Overall at the competition, Team USA’s women’s team took home 4th place while the men took home 6th. 


“This was a terrific performance by Team USA,” USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. “We asked a lot of this team, and they delivered. We look forward to continuing to work towards earning more slots for next year’s Youth Olympic Games.”


At the medal table, Team USA men led with 6 medals, 4 golds and 2 silvers. 


CJ Cummings (69kg, of Beaufort, South Carolina, attached to Team Savannah) won 2 golds in clean & jerk (185kg) and total (322kg) and a silver in snatch (137kg). Cummings set a Youth World Record in clean & jerk Friday with his 185kg lift. On top of his second consecutive Youth World Championship, Cummings was crowned best male lifter of the meet.

 

 


Harrison Maurus (77kg of Auburn, Washington attached to Alpha Strength and Conditioning) won gold in clean & jerk (192kg) and total (332kg) while winning silver in snatch (140kg). It’s his first Youth World Championship.


For the women, Team USA finished 13th at the medal table with 2 bronze medals, secured by Manumua Sunday. 

 

 


On Sunday in the +75kg competition, Manumua went 3 for 3 in the snatch, lifting a best 93kg to earn a bronze medal. She went 2 for 3 in the clean and jerk with a 117kg best lift for 4th place. Her total of 210kg secured her a second bronze medal.


Congratulations to #TeamUSA's Kuinini Manumua for winning 2 BRONZE MEDALS at #17ywc! pic.twitter.com/uB7IRrnUcT

“One thing that exceeded my expectations during this meet is the relationships I’e built with the fantastic coaches from around the country,” USA Weightlifting’s Assistant Director of National Teams Mike Gattone said. “Our coaches are our greatest strength. I am looking forward to learning more and more from them as we move forward.” 


Next for Team USA is the Junior Pan American Championships May 1-8 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.