Another strongwoman world record has fallen. The Tamworth’s Strongest Man contest took place on May 23, 2021. In addition to the main competition, strongwomen Annabelle Chapman and Rhianon Lovelace made axle clean & press world record attempts in the heavyweight and lightweight (64KG) divisions, respectively. The attempts were made inside a tent during what appeared to be an overcast day in the Staffordshire, England borough.
Lovelace, who owns the lightweight Atlas Stone world record and is capable of partial deadlifting 5.7 times her body weight, was ultimately unable to beat the current lightweight world record she holds of 92.5 kilograms (203.9 pounds) scored on Jan. 25, 2020. Chapman, however, set a new heavyweight axle clean & press world record on her opening attempt and then beat it again on her second attempt. She went for a hat trick on her third attempt but was unable to lock it out. Here were her record-breaking results.
Annabelle Chapman’s Axle Clean & Press Attempts
- 126.6 kilograms (279.1 pounds), successful — World Record
- 131.7 kilograms (290.3 pounds), successful — Current World Record
- 136.5 kilograms (300.9 pounds — missed
Check out Chapman’s record-breaking performance in the videos below, courtesy of her Instagram page:
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Previously, the women’s heavyweight axle clean & press world record stood at 118.2 kilograms (260.6 pounds) scored by Samantha Coleman at the 2017 United States Strongman (USS) Pro Woman Worlds competition. Chapman beat that record by two kilograms just a few months after winning the 2020 England’s Strong Woman contest in October that same year at the age of 26 — just two years into her professional strongwoman career.
Lovelace did “not have the outcome” she wanted according to her Instagram post featuring her only successful lift of the event — which was just a few kilograms shy of matching her 92.5-kilogram (203.9-pound) world record. According to her Instagram post, she was “comfortable” hitting 95 kilograms (209.4 pounds) in the gym and hoped to break through the 100-kilogram (220.5-pound) milestone.
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We will see if any other strongwomen in either the lightweight or heavyweight divisions can challenge either Lovelace’s or Chapman’s axle press world records. Until then, it seems as though the only competition they have in this event is themselves.
Feature image: @annabelle_chapman93 on Instagram