CJ Cummings Sets New World Record, Wins Youth World Weightlifting Championships

USA Weightlifting’s CJ Cummings has won the 2016 Youth World Weightlifting Championships in the 69kg category, snatching 135kg and clean & jerking a new Youth World Record 182kg to take gold. This is Cummings’ second World Championship in 2016 — earlier this year, he became the Junior World Champion in the same weight category.

Cummings’ 182kg clean & jerk — lifted on his second attempt, after which he passed on his third — breaks his 180kg Youth World Record from earlier this year. In June, Cummings became the first American man to set a weightlifting World Record in over 40 years. Now he’s done it twice in under a 6 month span.

This is also a new American Record in the 69kg category, beating Cummings’ own 180kg clean & jerk from the Junior World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Check out Cummings’ World Record lift below, video embedded from Hookgrip’s Instagram account. The IWF Youth World Championships are currently underway in Penang, Malaysia.

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And here’s a video of both his heaviest snatch and heaviest clean & jerk on the day from the IWF.

Cummings’ 317kg total was a full 23kg over the second place finisher, and the total matches his own Youth World Record from June.

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