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Beaufort High Olympic Weightlifter CJ Cummings back home

Updated: Jul. 2, 2017 at 11:41 PM EDT
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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - A Lowcountry teen is back in the states after a record-breaking performance in Japan. CJ Cummings won another world title in weight lifting in Tokyo last month.

Sunday, the community celebrated his latest victory at Lady's Island Baptist Church.

CJ Cummnings is just 17-years-old and is a rising senior here at Beaufort High School. But unlike the average high school student, he's traveled around the world and secured several world titles.

CJ tells us he started weightlifting 7 years ago after picking up the hobby while at the gym with his sister.

CJ then became the youngest lifter to lift twice his body weight at age 11 and was declared the strongest 13-year-old in the world by USA Weightlifting just 2 years later.

Altogether he's earned 4 world titles, 2 as a youth competitor and 2 as a junior.

CJ says one of his more important accomplishments is breaking his own record.

Lifting 400 pounds last month in Tokyo.

"It gives me motivation to go out and do more with the youth in the community to like get them into positive whether it be sports or what their goal is," said Cummings. "So, just to like try and break records and hear them talk about me i think it will push them to do better and to work on a goal or idea they may have in mind."

The next time you can catch CJ in action will be at the end of October in Anaheim, California. There he'll be going for his 5th consecutive title and an attempt to break his record again.

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