Sensational Indonesian Teen Wins Cummings Weightlifting World Record

Indonesian Rizki Juniansyah, 17, put in a sensational performance to win all three junior world records held by American CJ Cummings at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Junior Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Juniansyah, who already held two world records among youngsters, broke his previous best competition total of 42 kilograms and looked hard to believe it as he fell to his knees after his sixth success.

His final 194kg clean and jerk, which seemed less awkward than his previous lower 5kg lift, gave him final numbers of 155-194-349.

To put that in context, it’s 6kg heavier than Cummings in winning the senior Pan Am title last month and 8kg heavier than the 341kg made by European champion Daniyar Ismayilov of Turkey.

Only Shi Zhiyong of China made a bigger total in qualifying for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

And yet Juniansyah of Banten has never even competed in a senior event.

His only two competitions before today were the 2019 Asian Youth Championships, where he finished second at 67 kg, and the 2020 Asian Juniors, in which he finished fourth behind teammate Erwin Abdullah.

In an interview after winning an online competition last November, Juniansyah said his best efforts in training were 149-185, so this was a remarkable performance from an athlete who won’t have 18 years before next month.

Erwin was 18kg behind Juniansyah this time around, as was Turkmenistan’s Maksad Meredev, but they couldn’t claim any medals as they were competing as “supplements” over age in Tashkent, looking for Olympic qualifying points that were denied to them at last year’s IWF Junior. The world championships have been lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The silver went to the Indian Achinta Sheuli and the bronze to the Russian Gevorg Serobian, in 313 kg and 308 kg respectively.

It was Indonesia’s second gold medal of the week following Windy Aisah’s victory in the women’s 49kg.

Three Indonesians hold world records in youth – Muhammad Faathir, who completed six non-lift jumps in the 61kg men in Tashkent, Juniansyah and Aisah.

Their strong team of young weightlifters should be a force in the years to come, and Muhamad Yassin, president of the Banten Provincial Weightlifting Federation who nurtured Juniansyah, said he was an exceptionally dedicated coach.

“Rizki is not even 18 yet – he will be a benchmark athlete for Indonesia in the future,” he told local media.

“He made Banten and Indonesia proud.

Tunisia and Romania won gold in the women’s events.

2018 Youth Olympic Games champion Ghofrane Belkhir swept the medals in the 59 kg with 91-120-211, a career record.

She was 17kg ahead of Turkey’s Cansel Ozkan and 19kg over bronze medalist Chiara Piccinno of Italy.

Another Italian, Giulia Miserendino, was on the podium at 64 kg, finishing second behind Romanian winner Raluca-Andreea Olaru, who clocked 98-119-214.

Gulnur Ybray of Kazakhstan was third.

Additional reliever Nuray Levent of Turkey missed her last two attempts but managed 101-115-216, which won’t hurt her chances of making it to Tokyo.

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