Powerlifter Jonathan Cayco’s performance at the 2019 USAPL Raw Nationals will be talked about for quite some time. The 93kg athlete not only took home the title of 93kg National Champion, but also set two raw American records and unofficially broke a World Record for his massive 868.5kg total.
His record-setting performance looked like this:
- Squat: 666 lb | 302.5 kg
- Bench: 509 lbs | 231 kg – American Record
- Deadlift: 738 lbs | 335 kg
- Total: 1914 lbs | 868.5 kg – American Record and Unofficial World Record
Cayco competed in the prime time television slot, so all eyes were on him when he took the platform on Friday night. He had a smooth performance the whole way through and ended up finishing 23.5kg above the second place finisher.
The men’s 93kg results looked like this:
- Jonathan Cayco (868.5kg) Total
- Charlie Dickson (845kg) Total
- Kyle Power (827.5kg) Total
In July, Cayco’s 863kg total at USA Powerlifting’s California State Championships also unofficially broke a World Record. That total, and the total Cayco just crushed, surpassed Jesse Norris’ 1874lbs/850kg total, which he set at a USAPL meet back in 2015.
What we’re looking at now is a total that has unofficially broke Norris’ total by 18.5kg.
Cayco was fired up after his performance on Friday night, and wrote a long Instagram post thanking everyone who helped him sweep the throne and put on a record-setting performance. He wrote,
It was a fun meet! I can’t say enough thank you’s to everyone who supported me and helped me get to this point! Flexx Fam, Legion Fam, my friends and family, my sponsors, I appreciate you all!
Before this meet, Cayco had made it very clear that he wanted to make a statement with his total. In an interview following his performance at the USAPL California State Championships he said, “I want to come into Raw Nationals really comfortable and with a total that everyone is going to have to step their game up.”
We think it is fair to say he not only asked the 93kg guys to step their game up, but Cayco himself did the same.
Featured image from @league_of_lifting Instagram page.