Beaufort weightlifter C.J. Cummings will compete Saturday at the USA Weightlifting National Championships in Salt Lake City.
By the time the 14-year-old leaves Salt Lake City, he may be the new men's record holder in his 62-kilogram weight class (less than 136 pounds).
The record is 152.5 kg, or about 335 pounds. The record was set in 2002 by then-25-year-old LeGrand Sakamaki.
Cummings has been slowly inching upward, lifting 145 kg at the Youth Pan American Championships in May and coming up just short of 153 kg in June at the National Youth Championships near Daytona Beach, Fla.
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Cummings' coach, Ray Jones of Team Savannah, told The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet in June that taking it slow was part of the plan.
"I'm not trying to push everything all at once," Jones said.
Cummings, who owns records in five different weight and age groups, will be the youngest competitor Saturday in Session 10B. The nine others in the session range from 22 to 33 years old.
Weigh-in is at 1 p.m. MDT time (3 p.m. EDT) and the session starts at 3 p.m. MDT (6 p.m. EDT).
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