BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – CJ Cummings did not medal Wednesday morning at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Beaufort native finished 9th overall in the men’s 73 kg competition early Wednesday morning.
His supporters cheered him on from a Lowcountry watch party at Carolina Sportscare.
A crowd of about 20 people including his parents and sister watched every lift.
Cummings is the youngest lifter on Team USA. But the four-time junior world champion and two-time youth world champion — with 23 different American records — has already proven to be a tough competitor.
“It’s an unbelievable experience,” Cummings told WSAV before heading to Tokyo. “I’ve been training for this a very long time, and for the moment to actually come, it’s hard to explain.”
Shi Zhiyong of China won the gold medal, lifting 166 kilograms in the snatch and 198 in the clean and jerk for a total 364kg.
Julio Mayora of Venezuela took silver and Rahmat Erwin Abdullah of Indonesia took bronze.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.