Daniella Melo Smashes the Junior World Deadlift Record In Training

Eighteen-year-old powerlifting phenom Daniella Melo just broke her all-time deadlift record with a mammoth 480-pound (217.7-kilogram) lift in training, which would be a new IPF junior world record in the -84kg class. This would have beaten the current junior world record by 2.7 kilograms and the junior American record by 7.7 kilograms.

And keep in mind that at the IPF World Championships in June, Melo’s max deadlift was a whole ten kilograms lighter.

Take a look at the lift below.

What makes this deadlift even more impressive is that according to her boyfriend (who posted the same clip a few hours before her), Melo hit this weight three times during this workout and she’s only been doing sumo deadlift work for two weeks. (We won’t be surprised if she pulls sumo in all her meets from now on.)

(Check out deadlift world record holder Cailer Woolam discussing how he chooses between sumo and conventional deadlifts!)

Right now, Melo herself holds the junior USAPL deadlift record with 210 kilograms (463 pounds), which she set in March this year at the Arnold Slingshot Pro. At the same meet, she set the junior American records in the bench, squat, and total while she was at it, because why not?

This deadlift is significant, and while it’s about twelve kilograms short of the women’s open American record (set by Cristi Bartlett at the 2015 Raw Nationals), Melo has definitely proven that despite her age, she can compete with the world’s best open athletes. She currently holds the IPF open world record in the back squat for her weight class, which she set just a few weeks ago at the IPF World Championships in Belarus.

Watch the historic clip below:

On top of that, she set the open American total record at this year’s Arnold Sports Festival with 1,145 pounds (519.4 kilograms).

Daniella Melo is definitely one of the most exciting powerlifters in the sport right now and to be honest, we’re hoping that she takes home a few more open American records and world records before she leaves the junior class.

We probably won’t have to wait that long.

Featured image via @daniellamelo on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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