On Oct. 18, 2020, two men will attempt to go lift what no human has lifted before. Strongmen Rauno Heinla and Ivan Makarov will each attempt to set a new deadlift world record of 502 kilograms (1,106.7 pounds) on World’s Ultimate Strongman (WUS) “Feats of Strength” Series. Additionally, Mikhail Shivlyakov will attempt to set a new Masters’ deadlift world record, which is currently 435 kilograms (959 pounds) held by James Hickey.
In the season two premiere of “Feats of Strength” series, 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion Hafthor Bjornsson set the current world record deadlift of 501 kilograms (1,104 pounds) — a single kilogram above the 2017 WSM Eddie Hall’s milestone deadlift at the 2016 World Deadlift Championships.
Heinla and Makarov will follow Bjornsson’s lead but upping the mark by a single kilo to claim the record for themselves. Here’s how you can tune in to see this potentially historic event:
- Broadcast on ESPN
- Live-stream on CoreSports.world
- Live-stream on Rogue Fitness’ YouTube Channel
The event takes place at 12 p.m. EST/ 5 p.m. GMT.
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Heinla has appeared on the “Feats of Strength” series twice. During his first appearance, in season one of the “Feats of Strength” series, he had a deadlift showdown against strongman Jerry Pritchett. Then early on in season two, Heinla he set a new deadlift for reps world record while competing alongside strongman Konstantine Janashia. He successfully pulled six reps of 400 kilograms (882 pounds) in less than 75 seconds.
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It would be a remarkable accomplishment for Heinla to set two deadlift world records just over a month apart. To do so, he’ll have to effectively swap training for max reps to max weight in a short period of time.
This will be Makarov’s “Feats of Strength” series debut. And he has set the expectations fairly high after hitting a 490-kilogram (1,080-pound) deadlift in training. His goal is a 510-kilogram (1,124.4-pound) pull. If he breaks the current record by a single kilo in an early attempt, the potential is there for him to break the record again in the same event.
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Shivlyakov returns to the “Feats of Strength” series after winning a deadlift showdown against Terry Hollands by a single kilogram. Neither man was able to break the Masters’ deadlift world record at that event.
The 40-year-old Shivlyakov’s name recognition soared after he powered through an insane 426-kilogram (939-pound) deadlift at the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic. Midway through his deadlift, his nose began to spew blood.
Will we see a new all-time deadlift world record this weekend? Perhaps multiple? What about a new Masters’ deadlift world record? With Heinla, Makarov, and Shivlyakov being some of the strongest deadlifters in the world, it’s probably not a crazy of a gamble to think that Bjornsson’s record will fall.
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