FIRST YOUTH WORLD RECORDS – CUMMINGS JR Clarence (USA)
Two Silver worth Gold
Even though she was awarded two silver medals – in the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk – the Chinese lifter YU Linglong won the Gold in the Total with 206kg.
Youth World Champion in 2013, she Snatched 91kg – 1kg less than KOHA Rebeka (LAT), bronze medallist at the 2016 European World Championships.
All three bronze medals went to KAEWKHONG Supattra (THA), winning by bodyweight over KOHA ending with the same Total of 195kg.
In the Clean and Jerk, PAKKARATHA Rattanaphon (THA), Youth Olympic Champion in 2014, attempted 122kg to grab the gold, but failed to lift it. She ended 5kg behind the 15 year old YU Linglong (CHN).
The thing to be remembered about the Men’s 69kg are the 3 new Youth World Records set by CUMMUNGS JR Clarence (USA)!
Celebrating his birthday on 6 June 2016, the 16 years old CUMMINGS has reasons to celebrate. Ranked 4th in the Snatch with 137kg, he set the new Youth World Record in the Clean and Jerk twice. First at 175kg and second time at 180kg. The 3rd new Youth World Record was set in the Total – 317kg! This impressive result allowed him to stand on the top of the podium to get his well-deserved Gold Medal.
Second and third place was awarded to Japan. KONNAI Mitsunori (JPN) MIYAMOTO Masanori (JPN) both ended with 305kg and lighter bodyweight determined the color of the medal between the two. KONNAI got Silver while MIYAMOTO got bronze.
OKYAY Ahmet Turan (TUR) ending also on 305kg was the heavier than the two Japanese, and MOSQUERA LOZANO Jose David with 302kg finished 5th.
YU Linglong (CHN)
– You had fantastic debut. To whom would you dedicate your victory?
I am very happy. When I won the Youth World Championships in Tashkent with a Total of 172kg and today I ended with 206kg. I am glad about this progress and I dedicate my victory to my coach, family and country of course.
-Today you won in a much pressured competition. How would you rate your opponent?
My opponent from Thailand is very strong. Today I defeated her because I was more concentrated. Otherwise it would have been a more difficult task.
– How does it feel to become Junior World Champion?
I can’t compare this feeling to anything else. It’s like a dream.
CUMMUNGS JR Clarence (USA)
– How does it feel to lift 180kg?
I am excited and happy. I could both win and break the record, this is a fantastic feeling.
– You ever thought about breaking the world record before coming to Tbilisi?
Yes I did, because I have lifted this weight already and I am happy I could repeat it once again.
– How did you prepare for this competition, how was your preparation like?
I didn’t train specially for this tournament. I usually worked out following the long term program with my coach and it appeared enough for achieving this result.
– You are only 16 years old and broke the Youth World Record. What about your plans.
I am planning to compete on Olympic Games and represent my country with success. I also hope I will be able to break more world records in future.
– What do you think, how will your team mates welcome you home?
I think they will meet me as a hero, who deserved his win.
-I believe Tbilisi will be an unforgettable city for you. Do you enjoy the competitions and tell us what do you think about the country?
Actually, this is the best country I have ever been and now it became part of history for me. I like the competitions very much also.