A pair of Beaufort teenagers continued their impressive performance on the national weightlifting stage last weekend in Las Vegas.
CJ Cummings and Dade Stanley each swept gold in their weight classes at the American Open Series 3 competition in Las Vegas last week.
Cummings, 18, swept the men’s open division in the 73kg weight class, moving up from 69kg in the IWF’s new weight classes, and bettered his personal records in the process. Cummings snatched 145kg on his second attempt, topping his personal best by one kilogram, then cleaned 186kg, again one kilogram better than his previous mark, for a 331kg total.
Stanley, 16, also swept gold in the youth 81kg weight class with a snatch of 125kg and a clean and jerk of 158kg for a 283kg total. Stanley was subsequently named to the Team USA squad of the 2019 Youth World Championships from March 8-15 in Las Vegas.
Competing in the women’s open 64kg weight class, Hala Paiva, 29, placed fourth in the snatch (90kg), fifth in the clean (113kg) and fourth overall (203kg).
Marissa Hardie, 61, was the only competitor in the women’s over-60 71kg weight class, but her marks of 34kg in the snatch, 49kg in the clean, and 83kg overall would have swept every weight class in her age group.