Mikhail Shivlyakov Wins Masters Deadlift Showdown

There was no world record set, but the Russian is victorious.

The World’s Ultimate Strongman and CoreSports have been keeping the strength sports community entertained over the last couple of months thanks to their “Feats of Strength” series. The latest edition of this series showcased the deadlift and featured two Masters competitors who are among the best in the sport of strongman – Terry Hollands and Mikhail Shivlyakov.

The goal was to lift the heaviest weight and take ownership of the Masters world record. Ultimately, it would be Shivlyakov who would take the win, but the 430 kg (948 pounds) world record was not broken.

Both men going into this contest are past world champions at different levels of the sport. Hollands, age 41, is the 2019 and current Masters World’s Strongest Man. He has placed 3rd at the World’s Strongest Man twice. He is also no stranger in holding world records. He set the bus world record in 2018 by pulling a 12 ton double decker bus with a time of 17.41 seconds.
Shivlyakov won the Arnold Amateur World Championship in 2013 which is how he became a professional. He won the 2018 Arnold Strongman Africa contest and placed 3rd at the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic.

Shivlyakov is most famous because of his 426 kg (939 pounds) deadlift at the 2018 ASC which he performed while his nose was bleeding. He is new to the Masters category because he just turned 40 years of age earlier this year. The “Siberian Force”, at 6 feet 1 inch tall, is five inches shorter than the 6’6” Hollands.

As with the other events in the series, the athletes participated in their own locations and was broadcasted on the CoreSports site as well as the Rogue Fitness YouTube channel. Shivlyakov was lifting from Russia while Hollands was competing from the United Kingdom. Former World’s Strongest Man champion Zydrunas Savickas once again served as the judge. Each competitor was allowed to use different plates as long as they were weighed and approved by Savickas. This is similar to the previous WUS/CoreSports event featuring Jerry Pritchett and Rauno Heinla.

Shivlyakov opened with 421 kg (926 pounds) but lost his balance as he was locking out and was unable to complete the lift. Hollands started with an opening attempt of 400 kg (882 pounds) and was successful.

Shivlyakov used the same 421 for his second attempt and was easily successful. Hollands went with 420 kg (924 pounds) for his second attempt and also completed his lift. For the third round of attempts, Hollands went first and was unable to break the ground with 435 kg (959 pounds). Shivlyakov also missed his third attempt which was 431 kg (950 pounds). Even though he missed that lift, he still was the winner of the day by 1 kg over Hollands.

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