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Beaufort's Omar Cummings joins brother C.J. on Team USA for Youth World Championships

Let’s hope Peru is ready for the Cummings brothers, because the Cummings brothers are ready for Peru.

Omar Cummings’ strong showing on Saturday afternoon at the USA Weightlifting Junior National Championships in Oklahoma City secured him a place along with his younger brother, C.J., on the eight-lifter Team USA for the Youth World Championships to be held April 7 through 12 in Lima, Peru.

The team was selected Sunday after the close of the Junior National Championships.

“Omar’s personal-best performance not only secured him a slot on Team USA for the Youth Worlds, but Beaufort can boast having the top two ranked youth lifters in the entire nation for this prestigious international competition,” coach Ray Jones said. “I cannot be any prouder of them.”

On Saturday, Omar Cummings, competing in the 77 kg class, broke his personal best by 28 pounds en route to winning the silver medal. The 16-year-old snatched 124 kg (273 pounds) and clean-and-jerked 151 kg (333 pounds).

“It looks really good,” Jones said at the time of Omar’s performance.

Omar’s strong showing came a day after 14-year-old C.J., the nation’s top-ranked youth lifter, won gold medals for the snatch, clean and jerk and total lifts in his 69 kg weight class, setting two Youth American records in the process.