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CJ Cummings Defends Junior World Title in Tokyo

June 18, 2017, 12:11 p.m. (ET)

CJ Cummings completes 183kg clean & jerk to secure 2017 IWF Junior World Title in the 69kg weight category

In an epic battle of strength, Team USA's CJ Cummings (69kg, Beaufort, SC, Team Savannah) came out victorious, claiming his fourth consecutive World title and successfully defending his International Weightlifting Federation Junior World  in Tokyo Sunday.

Cummings, 17, went 2-for-3 in the snatch finishing 4th with a 138kg (304lb) lift. At the break after the Snatch competition, Cummings trailed the leader, Masanori Miyamoto (Japan) by 9 kilograms. Miyamoto secured gold in snatch with a 147kg lift (324lb). 

In a back-and-forth clean & jerk session, Cummings nailed his first attempt at 173kg (381lb) and a second at 183kg (403lb) giving him a total of 321kg (708lb). Miyamoto of Japan also went 2-for-3 in the session with a best Clean & Jerk of 173kg and a total of 320kg.

Cummings attempted to re-write the record books again with his third Clean & Jerk attempt. He attempted to break his current Youth World Record in Clean & Jerk of 185kg (408lb)  with a 186kg (410lb) lift. Cummings just missed the lift. If successful, the lift would have given Cummings a new Youth World Record in Total as well. While the record was not broken, Cummings earned 2 gold medals, one for Clean & Jerk and one for Total. 

This is the fourth consecutive World Title claimed by Cummings. His streak started last June at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia where he became the first American since Robin Byrd Goad in 1994 to set a new World Record. Cummings followed up his performance in Tbilisi by winning the 2016 Youth World Championships in Penang, Malaysia. In April of this year, Cummings defended his Youth World Championship by winning the competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

"Congratulations to CJ for winning his 4th consecutive World Championship and in a good fight with Miyamoto from Japan," USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. "It was wonderful to CJ not only win, but win under pressure."

Cummings is coached by Ray Jones of Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Watch CJ's 183kg clean & jerk attempt below.