Cummings Wins 4th Straight Junior World Title

Make it a four-peat — and another world record — for CJ Cummings.

Cummings claimed two gold medals and one silver at the IWF Junior World Championships on Monday morning in Suva, Fiji, winning the overall title in his weight class for the fourth consecutive year.

The 18-year-old Beaufort native was a bit shaky in the snatch portion of the competition, hitting a 145kg lift before missing at 148kg and 150kg and settling for silver. He rebounded with a gold medal and junior world record performance in the clean and jerk, hitting 192kg after missing at 185kg on his second attempt. The lift bettered his own junior world record by one kilogram.

“I was kind of mad because (the snatch) wasn’t my best performance,” he told USA Weightlifting after the competition. “I didn’t think about (the clean), just went out there and did it and it was a piece of cake.”

Cummings is trying to secure a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in 2020. His next competition is the Junior Pan American Championships later this month in Havana, Cuba.

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