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WROCLAW, POLAND (WWAY) — Topsail High School graduate James Tatum placed 5th at the World Weightlifting Championships by successfully completing a 138kg (303.6 lbs) ‘Snatch’ lift and a 166kg (365.2 lbs) ‘Clean & Jerk’ lift.

Tatum has been doing Olympic style weightlifting for 3 years and has been a member of Team Muscle Driver USA (based in Charlotte, NC) for more than a year.

He was on the wrestling team at Topsail High School and graduated in June 2007. He then went on to UNCW and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Exercise Science.

Tatum won gold at the American Open, silver at the Arnold Classic, gold at Collegiate Nationals and silver at US Nationals. That earned him a place on Team USA at the Pan American Championships in Venezuela where he placed 5th in his weight-class, which is 77kg (169.4 lbs).

This is his first year in international competition.

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  • JohnEllwoodTaylor

    This story give the wrong impression and is factually incorrect.

    Tatum was in 5th place at the end of the ‘B’ session. This was before the ‘A’ session had competed.

    In actuality, he finished 14th (last among those who totaled).

    Results are seen here:


    That being said, congratulations to Mr. Tatum on making the team and hitting a solid total.


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