Sensational Indonesian Teen Takes Cummings Weightlifting World Records
17-year-old Indonesian Rizki Juniansyah 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 barely seemed to believe it as he fell to his knees after his successful sixth climb.
His last 194kg clean and shake, which seemed less of a nuisance than his previous 5kg lower lift, gave him final numbers of 155-194-349.
To put that in context, it’s 6kg more than Cummings won the senior Pan American title last month and 8kg more than the 341kg of European champion Daniyar Ismayilov of Turkey.
Only Shi Zhiyong of China achieved a larger total in qualifying for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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 was second at 67kg, and the 2020 Asian Juniors, in which he was 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 it was a remarkable performance from an athlete who won’t be 18 before. next month.
Erwin was 18kg behind Juniansyah this time around, as was Maksad Meredev of Turkmenistan, but they couldn’t claim any medals as they were competing as “extras” in Tashkent, looking for Olympic qualifying points to earn them. were refused at the IWF Junior last year. The world championships have been lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The silver went to Achinta Sheuli of India and the bronze went to Russian Gevorg Serobian at 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 49 kg.
Three Indonesians hold world records in youth – Muhammad Faathir, who had six no lifts in the men’s 61 kg in Tashkent, Juniansyah and Aisah.
Their strong team of young weightlifters appear to 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 staple Indonesian athlete 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 won a medal sweep in the 59kg with 91-120-211, a career record.
She was 17kg ahead of Turkey’s Cansel Ozkan and 19kg ahead of 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 carrier Nuray Levent of Turkey missed her last two attempts but scored 101-115-216 which won’t hurt her chances of making it to Tokyo.