Clarence Cummings Jr. (CJ) a 7th grader at Lady’s Island Middle School will travel to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to represent the USA in weightlifting. Cummings will be a part of the U.S. boys’ team which consists of eight top lifters in the nation, ages 17 & under.
Cummings and his older brother Omar competed at the National Junior Championships back in February. At that competition CJ, at a weight of 122 lbs., qualified for the team with a final clean and jerk of 258 lbs. Omar, at a weight of 149 lbs., made a clean and jerk of 265 lbs. Omar has secured an alternate spot on the international team. Coach Ray Jones has been selected as the Youth World Team head coach.
CJ Cummings, when asked how he felt about representing the U.S. in another country, replied, “I’m exciting! I get to meet people from across the U.S. and other countries. I also get visit another country.” They left on April 3.