Cummings Snatches new American Records

Dec. 02, 2017, 2:28 a.m. (ET)

Anaheim, Calif.--- The women’s 69kg B session kicked of day four of the International Weightlifting Federation’s Weightlifting World Championships at the Anaheim Convention Center. Punam Yadav of India took the top spot in total for the session.

Angelo Bianco (77kg B) was the first competitor of the day from Team USA. Bianco set a competition personal record when he hit his second snatch attempt of 146kg. He hit his first Clean and Jerk attempt of 180kg, which would prove to be good enough to take the top spot in Clean and Jerk for the session. Bianco finished 3rd overall in his session with a total of 326kg.

Team USA’s Jessica Lucero competed in the women’s 63kg A group. She moved up a weight class from 58kg where she holds the American records in the Snatch (93kg), Clean and Jerk (116kg) and total (108kg). Lucero missed her opening Snatch attempt of 90kg. She went up to 91kg for attempts two and three, missing them both. She came out strong on her first Clean and Jerk attempt, hitting 110kg. She missed her second attempt of 114kg, but hit that weight on her final attempt. Romania’s Loredana-Elena Toma took home all three gold medals in the woman’s 63kg session.

In the last session of the evening, the men’s 69kg A, CJ Cummings set new American records with a 141kg Snatch. He beat his previous Junior and Youth American Snatch record of 139kg, and Alex Lee’s 140kg Senior American Snatch record set during the 2015 IWF Weightlifting World Championships in Houston. CJ missed all three Clean and Jerk attempts of 177kg and 178kg.

He explained he’s been training the less common squat jerk, which he opted to use in this competition. “When I got into warm ups it felt good and natural, and when I got on stage I held it, the judge didn’t give the down signal which caused me to lose it.”

CJ set a Youth World record in the 69kg weight class earlier this year at the Youth World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand with a 185kg Clean and Jerk.

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On Saturday, Team USA’S Harrison Maurus (77kg A) competes at 11:55 a.m. He’ll try to break his own American record in the Clean and Jerk of 192kg. He could also break Oscar Chaplin III’s Snatch American record of 157.5kg and total American record of 342.5kg set in 2000.

Mattie Rogers of Team USA will take the stage in the 69kg A session at 3:25 p.m. She hopes to break her own American records set in 2016 and earlier this year. Her current numbers to beat are 106kg Snatch, 134kg Clean and Jerk and a 239kg total.

Tickets are available at the box office outside the venue, Hall C of the Anaheim Convention Center. Streaming information, including live coverage of select sessions is available at 2017Anaheim.com.