The all-time world record raw with wraps total in the 67.5-kilogram weight class once again belongs to Gerald Dionio. On May 15, 2021, at the 2021 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Apeman Strong Lift Angry contest, Dionio claimed gold and reclaimed the all-time world record total he previously set at 722.5 kilograms (1592.8 pounds) from the 2017 USPA CETC US Open Powerlifting Championships. Here were his stats from the event:
- Squat — 264.9 kilograms (584 pounds)
- Bench Press — 172.4 kilograms (380 pounds)
- Deadlift — 302.1 kilograms (666 pounds)
- Total — 739.4 kilograms (1,630 pounds) — All-Time World Record
According to Open Powerlifting, Dionio surpassed the previous record of 720 kilograms (1,587.3 pounds) scored by Kristos Papanotis at the 2015 GPC-AUS Adelaide Cup. Check out all three of Dionio’s lifts in the videos below, courtesy of his Instagram page:
Note: Dionio lists his total as 1,631 pounds. However, the weights of the three lifts he listed in pounds total 1,630. The result is not yet available on Open Powerlifting.
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Although he did not set a world record in any of the big three Dionio’s total consists of a squat that is nearly four times his body weight, a bench press that is over 2.5 times his body weight, and a deadlift that is 4.5 times his body weight.
For reference, here are the current world records for all three lifts in the 67.5-kilogram weight class (Raw W/ Wraps):
- Squat — Kristos Papanotis, 290 kilograms (639.3 pounds), 2015 GPC-AUS Adelaide Cup
- Bench Press — Eddie Berglund, 213.5 kilograms (470.7 pounds), 2018 EPF European Classic Powerlifting Championships
- Deadlift — Daniel Clements, 310 kilograms (683.4 pounds), 2020 USAPL Virginia Winter Wrecker
Dionio’s competitive resume is nearly flawless. The 27-year-old made his debut in 2012 at the USPA Hawaii State Powerlifting Championship, where he won gold. Of the 23 sanctioned events he has appeared in, Dionio has stood atop the podium in 21 of them — a 91 percent win rate. His biggest victories include two USPA National Powerlifting Championships (2015-16), two International Powerlifting League (IPL) World Championships (2015-16), and the 2018 USPA Kern US Open.
Dionio did not state in his post when he intends to compete next, but if his new record total stands until then, he’ll step up onto the lifting platform as the best in the world.
Feature image: @tiny_n_tuff on Instagram