Team USA departs for Bangkok, Thailand this week for the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Youth World Championships with competition scheduled for April 1-10, 2017.
All eyes will be on reigning Youth World Champion and Youth World Record Holder CJ Cummings (69kg) of Beaufort, South Carolina. Cummings set a new Youth World Record in the clean & jerk at last year’s Youth World Championships with a 182kg lift in Penang, Malaysia. At the American Open Championships last December in Orlando, Florida, Cummings bested that lift with a 183kg clean & jerk, setting new Youth, Junior and Senior American Records. Cummings swept gold at the 2016 Youth World Championships. That came after being crowned Junior World Champion last June in Tbilisi, Georgia.
In the men’s 77kg category, Harrison Maurus of Auburn, Washington has his eye on a strong showing in Thailand. Maurus swept silver at the 2016 Youth World Championships in Malaysia with a 145kg snatch, 176kg clean & jerk and 321kg total. Maurus improved on those numbers at the 2016 American Open Finals with a 146kg snatch, 182kg clean & jerk and a 328kg total. Maurus looks to improve even more in Bangkok with a shot at the podium.
Also named to Team USA’s Men’s squad: Nicholas Bramble (94kg) of Burke, Virginia; Dean Scicchitano (94kg) of Leawood, Kansas; Seth Tom of San Francisco, California; Antwan Kilbert (56kg) of St. Louis, Missouri; Shane Burdsall (56kg) of Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania; Marcos Bribiesca (+94kg) of Amarillo, Texas; William Cohen (69kg) of Savannah, Georgia and Jerome Smith (69kg) of St. Louis, Missouri.
The real story in Bangkok will be Team USA’s Women’s squad which is deep in talent, strength and opportunity.
Yesterday was a great meet day! Ended up going 54kg/120lbs in the snatch with a very close miss at 56kg/123lbs, and I went 71kg/156lbs in the clean and jerk with a 125kg total. This total qualified me for the AO, which was my main goal for this comp!!! Also had a 6kg total meet pr since pan ams! Looking forward to the AO in December! @masheliteperformance @verobeachweightlifting @fitaid @usa_weightlifting #olylifting #usaweightlifting #girlswholift #moretocome
Some athletes to watch include Taylor Babb (63kg) of Arlington, Tennessee; Athena Schrijver (69kg) of Santa Rosa, California; and Emma Nye (44kg) of Kansas City, Missouri. All three hold American Records and could set new ones in Thailand.
Also named to Team USA’s Women’s squad: Juliette Chang-Fane (63kg) of Merritt Island, Florida; Kaela Stephano (53kg) of Boca Raton, Florida; Shay Carlock (+75kg) of Rathdrum, Idaho; Kuinini Manumua (+75kg) of San Francisco, California; Claire Mackey (69kg) of Rocklin, California; Shelby Neal (58kg) of Wake Forest, North Carolina and Nadeen Pierre (69kg) of Andover, Minnesota.
The event in Bangkok also serves as Team USA's chance for a potential berth in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Start lists, lifting times and live stream information will be provided here on USAWeightlifting.org after the Verification of Final Entries meeting Sunday in Bangkok. Keep it here at USAWeightlifting.org and our social media channels.
Entry List (Note there are inaccuracies which will be addressed at Sunday's Verification of Final Entries meeting)