The United States’ CJ Cummings was in record-breaking form as he claimed the men’s 73 kilograms title on day two of the Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Guatemala City.
he 18-year-old, a junior world champion for three years running, went six for six to snatch 153kg and clean and jerk 191kg on his third lifts at Coliseo Deportivo.
Each of those lifts, and the total of 344kg, set junior and senior American records, junior and senior Pan American records, as well as the junior world record.
In many cases, Cummings was breaking his own records, including his junior world records set at last year’s Senior World Championships in Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat.
“Are you serious?” Cummings gasped when told he had set 15 records.
“Wow – oh my gosh.
“I’m speechless right now, I’m speechless.”
The result will go a long way towards Cummings qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Pan American Championships are considered a gold event for Olympic qualification, meaning his total is weighted at 1.1 for the International Weightlifting Federation Absolute Ranking, which will largely determine the Olympic team come April 2020.
Colombia’s Luis Mosquera was the overall silver medallist with 322kg, while compatriot José Gavino took the bronze with 319kg.