It was a good year for C.J. Cummings in 2015, and his end of the year ranking reflects that.
Beaufort’s Cummings is ranked No. 1 in the 69-kilogram weight class of the Youth category (17 and younger) in the International Weightlifting Federation’s final rankings for 2015.
The 15-year-old is ranked sixth in the junior rankings (19 and younger), as well. He is the top American in both rankings.
The IWF-sanctioned performance that paced Cummings came in September when he won the gold medal at the Youth Pan American Games in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Beaufort’s Cummings lifted a total of 302 kg for a new Youth Pan Am Games record.
On his third snatch attempt, he lifted 134 to set a new Youth Pan Am and a Junior American record.
In the clean and jerk, Cummings successfully lifted 160 kg, which gave him the gold, and then 168 kg, but he failed on his final attempt at 176.
At the time, the 176 would have given him the official world youth record for his total lift.
Cummings had a disastrous day in April at the Youth World Championships in Lima, Peru, completing just one of his six attempts,
But after a good showing in June at the Junior World Championships in Wroclaw, Poland, Cummings rebounded with a record-setting performance in mid-August at the USA Weightlifting National Championships in Dallas.
He won the snatch (131 kg or 288 pounds), clean and jerk (175 kg or 386 pounds) and overall (306 kg or 674 pounds) national championships in American- and world-record fashion.
The performance got Cummings a shout out on Twitter from World Wrestling Entertainment star John Cena.
Cena wrote: “I rarely ask this but if you do have time, give @CJ__Cummings a follow. Gifted young man with an amazing journey ahead. USA Olympic hopeful”
At the last-minute, Cummings was added to Team USA’s World Championship roster in November.
Cummings has two more years in the youth age division.