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Beaufort's Cummings misses world record at World Championships

Beaufort's C.J. Cummings sits for a portrait at the Beaufort Middle School weight room on December 10, 2014.  Cummings will travel to compete in the American Open. The 14-year-old this year set an American record for his 62-kg weight class. He now competes at 69 kg.
Beaufort's C.J. Cummings sits for a portrait at the Beaufort Middle School weight room on December 10, 2014. Cummings will travel to compete in the American Open. The 14-year-old this year set an American record for his 62-kg weight class. He now competes at 69 kg. Theophil Syslo

He didn't win and he didn't set any world records.

But Beaufort's C.J. Cummings gained valuable experience Sunday, competing for the United States at the 2015 IWF World Championships in Houston.

Cummings was three-for-three in the snatch, lifting 123, 128 and then 132 kilograms (271 pounds).

In the clean and jerk, Cummings lifted 166 kg (366 pounds) before twice failing to lift 174 kg (384 pounds), a weight which would have given him the official Youth World Record.

He lifted 175 kg at the U.S. Championships in August in Dallas, but that record is not official because it was not an IWF meet. The snatch of 132 kg bettered Cummings' own U.S. record of 131 set at the U.S. Championships.

Cummings took to Facebook and Instagram on Monday to thank his supporters.

"I'll like to thank everyone for supporting me at this year 2015 IWF World Championships," Cummings wrote. "I did pretty good for my first World Championships and I almost had the youth world record but I got 2 more years to try to break it, but once again thank you everyone for supporting me I REALLY REALLY appreciated it!"

Team Beaufort coach Ray Jones said Cummings may have put too much pressure on himself.

"Even at the introductions, he never smiled," Jones said. "He put the weight of the world on his shoulders.

"He will learn from this experience and get better. I am so proud of this boy."

At 15, the Beaufort High School sophomore was the youngest competitor at the meet. He will compete at the U.S. Olympic trials in April.

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