Beaufort’s CJ Cummings continued his push for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team with another record-smashing performance Thursday at the Junior Pan-American Weightlifting Championships in Havana, Cuba.
Cummings set 15 records in the 73kg weight class while winning gold in the clean and jerk and overall competitions and taking silver in the snatch.
The 19-year-old star posted totals of 154kg in the snatch and 193kg in the clean for a 347kg total. All three marks represented new junior and senior Pan-American records, as well as junior and senior American records and junior world records.
The Junior Pan-American Championships are a gold event for the qualification process for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Cummings already was the top-ranked lifter in any weight class following a dominant performance earlier this month at the Pan-American Championships, where he also broke 15 records.