At just 11 years old, he was clean-and-jerking 198lb. Three years later, he’d clean-and-jerk 337lb., setting a new US weightlifting record.
At the USA Weightlifting Senior National Championships last year, child prodigy C.J. Cummings broke the previous American clean-and-jerk record of 292lb. set in 2002 by LeGrand Sakamaki, who was 25 years old at the time.
With this young star still growing, the US hopes to finally win a men’s Olympic gold medal in weightlifting after 32 years.