When it comes to being successful in multiple strength sports, few athletes compare to Taiwanese athlete Chen Wei-Ling. At the age of 36, Chen has competed in both powerlifting and weightlifting with major success, and she’s showing no signs of slowing down.
The last time we wrote about Chen Wei-Ling was almost a year ago in November 2017. At that time, she was deadlifting 180kg/396 lbs, a weight that unofficially topped the current IPF -47kg Classic World Record by 4.5kg.
In her latest Instagram video, Chen Wei-Ling squats an incredibly smooth 185kg/407 lbs in knee wraps.
As of right now, Chen Wei-Ling hasn’t shared her current weight, so it’s tough to say how much weight she’s squatting in comparison to her bodyweight but like aways, she’s making it look incredibly easy.
Historically, Chen Wei-Ling has competed in the -47kg weight class and is a dominant force to say the least. Currently, she holds three -47kg Equipped IPF World Records in the squat, deadlift, and total, along with two -47kg Classic IPF World Records in the squat and total.
And to no surprise, Chen has also won a handful of IPF World Powerlifting Championships in both the equipped and classic competitions. To give additional context into how impressive some of Chen Wei-Ling’s lifting is, check out her squat below from the 2016 IPF World Open Powerlifting Championships. For the lift, Chen Wei-Ling hit a 210kg/463 lb squat on her third attempt in the -47kg weight class, which equated to 4.5 times her bodyweight.
As mentioned above, Chen Wei-Ling is also extremely accomplished in the sport of weightlifting. How accomplished? In her career, she’s competed at three Olympic Games (2004, 2008, and 2012) formally representing Chinese Taipei, and actually ended up bringing home gold from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the -48kg weight class after the original gold and silver medalists failed doping retests.
We’re still unsure as to when Chen Wei-Ling will be back competing at an international level, but we hope it’s sooner than later!
Feature image from @weiling14951414131 Instagram page.