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Yemassee’s Fattouh has career day

First female Olympic weightlifter for Lebanon breaks personal best   By Mike McCombs  For Mahassen Hala Fattouh’s Team Beaufort teammate C.J. Cummings, a ninth-place finish in his Olympic debut, though nothing to be ashamed of, was likely a disappointment.  Conversely, for Fattouh, her ninth-place finish Sunday in Tokyo was quite simply the best performance of her career.… Keep Reading


A dream come true

Yemassee weightlifter to lift for Lebanon in Olympics   By Mike McCombs  After Mahassen Hala Fattouh’s back injury flared up less than a month before the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janiero, forcing her to miss the Olympics, it wasn’t long before she was forced to make a decision.  “It was in 2017, I had… Keep Reading


Beaufort’s Cummings finishes 9th in Olympic debut

Weightlifter will regroup, begin training for November’s World Championships By Mike McCombs It was a disappointing performance last week for Beaufort’s C.J. Cummings in his Olympic debut, but he’s taking in stride. The 21 year old finished ninth in the 73-kilogram weight class Wednesday, July 28 at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, making… Keep Reading


The wait is finally over

  Above: Weightlifter C.J. Cummings, gets in a workout Thursday, July 8, at The Foundry in Beaufort. Cummings is set to compete July 28 in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Toyko. Photo by Bob Sofaly  Olympic dream coming true for Beaufort’s CJ Cummings  By Mike McCombs  Monday, March 30, 2020 was a day that would… Keep Reading


A family affair

CJ Cummings follows in siblings’ footsteps on road to Tokyo  Above: C.J., Crystal and Omar Cummings, left to right, have all lifted weights competitively for Coach Ray Jones. Also pictured is Crystal Cummings’ daughter Christin. Photo courtesy of Crystal Cummings.  By Mike McCombs Crystal Cummings remembers when Coach Ray Jones first came to her school… Keep Reading