Isabella Von Weissenberg (-72kg) Squats 196.5kg for a New World Record

Meanwhile in Málaga, Spain, the European Powerlifting Federation’s Classic Cup has just wrapped up three days of competition. The EPF are yet to publish the official results on their page, but one of the raw lifts has already made the rounds: the -72kg athlete Isabella Von Weissenberg’s new IPF world record squat of 196.5kg (433.2 pounds).

If you want to see a perfect example of the kind of raw strength and primal drive you need to take home a world record, watch it below — we almost thought she wasn’t going to make this one.

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The lift made headlines in her native Sweden, with articles focusing on the interesting story behind the lift.

In June, the -72kg squat record was broken twice in an epic squat battle between Von Weissenberg and Brazil’s Ana Rosa Castellain. Going into the 2017 IPF World Championships in Minsk, Von Weissenberg held the world record with 192.5 kilograms (424.4 pounds), which Castellain matched. Von Weissenberg then broke her record by 500 grams.

Fifteen minutes later, Castellain approached the stage and nailed a 196kg (432.1lb) squat. Here are the two lifts side by side.

Right afterward, Von Weissenberg attempted a 197.5kg squat, but it wasn’t to be.

She wrote in September,

Obviously I want that record back, but it doesn’t make me any less impressed by her and glad for her success. Much respect and motivation!

This weekend, she fulfilled her wish.

Von Weissenberg is one of Europe’s most promising -72kg powerlifters and in addition to her world squat record she holds the European total record at 500.5 kilograms (1,103.4 pounds), which she made at the same meet where the squat battle took place.

Her specialty is the squat but she’s also an impressive deadlifter, regularly pulling over 200 kilograms. The heaviest we’ve seen from her was 215 kilograms (474 pounds), although this lift didn’t get a pass from the judges due to either a grip slip or shoulders not being locked.

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Finally posting my three deadlifts from de World Championships: 200kg-210kg-215kg. Missed my third bc of grip slip and/or shoulders not locked out, I'm not quite sure which judge called what but both seems legit. What I have to say is that I had the best feeling deadlifting at this meet! Was totally in my zone doing what I love. I don't particularily like much of the feels revolving a competition as you know, but I do love those fleeting seconds on the platform… Makes all of it worth it. Tack mitt tekniska geni till kompis @jacobpapinniemi för musik på videon. Tack @sandrasmolotov för att du klippte ihop! Ni är båda anställda för evigt, erbjuder tyvärr ingen lön men era insatser kan eventuellt och väldigt sannolikt leda till avancering inom företaget. #deadlift #powerlifting #worldchampionships #styrkelyft #marklyft #tyngre

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We’re looking forward to her next meet.

Featured image via @ivweissenberg on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. At BarBend his writing 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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