Team USA Shines at Junior Worlds

June 23, 2017, 11:08 a.m. (ET)

Team USA returns home this weekend after great success in Tokyo at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation Junior World Championships.

Anchored by strong showings of Maddy Myers (63kg, San Diego, CA, Invictus Athlete Weightlifting Club) and Jourdan Delacruz (53kg, Wylie, TX, Power & Grace Performance) Team USA Women finished in 4th place overall. It was the highest placement for Team USA woman in many years.

Myers finished 4th overall with a 213kg total. Myers also set a new Junior American Record in clean & jerk with her 122kg lift. Delacruz finished 5th overall with a 183kg total.

Team USA men finished 7th, led by CJ Cummings (69kg, Beaufort, SC, Team Savannah) who defended his Junior World Title with a 321kg total. Cummings finished 4th in snatch with a 138kg lift. He claimed gold in clean & jerk with a 183kg lift. He attempted to break his youth World Record in clean & jerk of 185kg with a 186kg lift, but came up short. If successful, he would have claimed both the World Record in clean & jerk and total. 

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"We're so proud of how the team competed in Tokyo," USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. "Their exceptional results show that the USA is a competitive force on the International stage. It was also a delight to see CJ win his fourth consecutive World Title."

With the Junior Worlds in the rearview mirror, Team USA turns its attention to the Senior Pan American Championships, hosted by USA Weightlifting at the MIccosukee Resort in Miami, Florida July 21-28.