More Records Fall as Team USA Surges at World Championships

Nov. 04, 2018, 1:45 p.m. (ET)

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Nov. 4, 2018 -- Team USA’s Jessica Lucero kicked off the competition Sunday in the 59kg B session in Ashgabat. Lucero missed her opening snatch attempt at 88kg but came back to hit 88kg on her second attempt, and 91kg on her third.

In the clean and jerk, Lucero hit 109kg and 113kg before missing 117kg. “It felt really easy,” Lucero said of her 113kg clean and jerk. “I was really excited to take 117kg, it’s what I wanted to take, so I’m disappointed I messed it up.”  204kg is Lucero’s best international total.

Lucero owns the American Records in the old 58kg body weight category at 93kg snatch, 116kg clean and jerk and 208 total. She competed at AO3 in Las Vegas in September in the new 59kg category, hitting a 92kg snatch and a 113kg clean and jerk for a 205kg total.  

In the men’s 67kg A session, Minhao Huang of China took home Snatch gold with a 152kg lift. Teammate Lijun Chen hit a 182kg clean and jerk to take gold in the lift and total. His 332kg total is also a new world record.

A back and forth battle in the women’s 59kg A session as six world records were broken.  Latvian Junior Rebeka Koha opened with a 98kg snatch to set the junior world record in the lift. She went on to hit 103kg on her third attempting, landing her on the podium with a bronze medal. Her 124kg clean and jerk also set a junior world record, for a junior world record total of 227kg.

Chinese Taipei’s Hsing-Chun Kuo took snatch gold and set a new world record with a 105kg lift. Combined with her 132kg clean and jerk, her 237kg total also set a new world record. China’s Guiming Chen’s 133kg clean and jerk earned her the world record and a gold medal in the lift.

Your new Junior World Record holder, CJ Cummings rounded out the day for Team USA in the 73kg A session. Cummings hit all three of his snatch attempts at 140kg, 145kg and 148kg. The junior world record snatch standard is set at 149kg and remained unbroken. CJ told USAW he believes that record is in his near future as well.

“We started off a little conservative because I was a little nervous,” he said. “We needed to get the jitters out and come out and crush it on the clean and jerks.”

Cummings went 5 for 6 overall, breaking the Junior World Record clean and jerk and total with his opening lift of 181kg. He missed 186kg on his second attempt, his previous best while competing in the 73kg category at American Open Series 3 in Las Vegas in September.

“That just made me mad and I knew I could go out and crush it for two more junior world records,” Cummings said.

On his third attempt, CJ hit 187kg to break the junior world records he set moments earlier with a 335kg total.

China’s SHI Zhiyong swept gold and the senior world records in the 73kg category with a 164kg snatch, 196kg clean and jerk for a 360kg total.