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Lowcountry 12 year old makes weightlifting history

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

Most nights you'll find C.J. Cummings and the Team Beaufort Weightlifters hard at work in the weight room.

C.J. may be just 12 years old but he's making a real name for himself across the nation in weightlifting.

"He started when he was 10," said Ray Jones, Team Beaufort Weightlifting coach. "He lifted at the AAU Junior Olympic Games when he was 10 years old and got second place. Ever since then, he's won every age group, every time he lifts now. He basically sets a new American record for his age group. He's basically like from another planet. He has the gift. It's a gift from above is the best way to describe it."

While C.J. has a lot of natural ability, he puts in a lot of long hours in the weightroom.

"Just working our hard and having fun," said C.J.

All of his hard work is paying off. He continues to make history, even qualifying for the American Open in Palm Springs, California.

"It has nothing to do with age group," said Jones. "This is an open men's tournament and the youngest ever to qualify for the American Open before C.J. was 14 years of age. C.J. is 12."

"Makes me feel special," said C.J.

"I've been coaching for 40 years and I've had people who were relatively good lifters and it's like this is just unheard of, the things he's doing," said Jones.

This is just the beginning for this young lifter.

This weekend at The American Open in California, C.J. made all of his lifts, setting 5 American records and brought home a silver medal.

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