Deadlift World Record: -83kg Kjell Bakkelund Pulls 325.5kg Weighing 73kg

When Kjell Bakkelund turned up at the Arnold Classic Europe this weekend, he was heavier than usual. The Arnold Classic is an IPF-sanctioned, Wilks-only competition, so while he typically competes as a -74kg athlete, he turned up at 77.36 kilograms (170.5lb).

While Britain’s Daniel Worsley beat his squat by 2.5kg with a 260kg lift, Bakkelund dominated the rest of the competition with a 190kg (419lb) bench and an IPF world record deadlift of 325.5 kilograms. He failed his third deadlift attempt of 330 kilograms, but his previous deadlift had nonetheless beaten Robert Mihaylov’s previous world record — by just 500 grams.

You can check out all three of the lifts below, but note that the footage is very dark.

His Wilks score of 539.32 was the highest of all the raw athletes, beating out Britain’s -120kg athlete Tony Cliffe by a little over 21 points. Cliffe was, uh, not pleased with his performance.

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Shit shit shit and well shit Squat 320kg 3 whites 338.5kg (European record attempt- no lift 2-1 – fcking depth!) 338.5kg buried it, it buried me back after a static stand off right in the sticking point. Bench 215kg – 3 whites, looooong pauses 222.5kg – 3 whites 227.5kg x f just gay. Deadlift 325kg pass 340kg pass Didn't bother with a 3rd, all in all, a shite performance, a mile short of where I wanted to be on the bright side came 2nd overall on 508 wilks to @kjelllbrell Who performed incredibly well and was comfortably the best lifter on the day, still 500+ wilks on a bad day isn't too bad…(hunting for some positives lol) Chin up, crack on, British in a few weeks so time to actually get some training in and keep the b/w off…. #aec17 #expo #bodybuilding #deadlift #bench #squat #powerlifter #britishpowerlifting #ipf #SBD #EPF #powerlifting #gbpowerfed #deadlifting #benchpress #benching #fitfam #fitness #bodybuilder #powerbuilding #crossfit #strongman #weightlifting #physique #training #strength #strengthtraining

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Bakkelund posted on his Instagram:

Todays competition: Arnold Classic Europe 2017. Weighed 77,36 and lifted 773. Did a 257,5 squat, 190 bench and a 325,5 deadlift and a new WR in the 83kg class. Now i got the deadlift WR in 74 and 83!

It was a really good day for squats, the bench was okey, and the deadlift was better then worlds but not where i want it to be. But won the overall, got a pr in squat and deadlift and got myself a new wr. Thanks Stig Rune for helping me today.

The Norwegian athlete now holds the IPF deadlift world record in the -83kg class and the -74kg class, in which he pulled 322 kilograms (710 pounds) at the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships this June.

Bakkelund told BarBend that this performance was a one-off; he didn’t bother cutting weight since it was a Wilks-only event and he expects to continue lifting in the -74kg class for many more years. In three weeks, he’ll compete at the Norwegian nationals as a -74kg lifter — here’s hoping he retains a lot of his strength and breaks another record.

Featured image via European Powerlifting Federation on Facebook.

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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