Powerlifter Joy Nnamani (52kg) Deadlifts 3.7x Bodyweight for New World Record

Powerlifter Joy Nnamani continually proves that she’s a dominant force when it comes to lifting on the international stage. Yesterday, Nnamani competed at the 2018 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships and put on an epic display of strength.

Nnamani is no stranger when it comes to knocking down world records, and yesterday she claimed two more to add to her powerlifting resume. In a stacked women’s -52kg weight class, Nnamani had her work cut out for her, but her deadlift once again came through to seal her as the 2018 IPF -52kg Women’s Open Champion. 

To conclude a very strong performance, Nnamani broke the -52kg Open world record not once, but twice during the competition yesterday. She opened her attempts with a very easy and conservative 180kg (396 lbs). Then for her second, she jumped 12.5kg to tackle a 192.5kg (424 lb) deadlift and knock down the current world record (which she already had) by a solid 2.5kg.

On her last attempt, Nnamani wanted more and put 195.5kg (431 lbs) on the bar, which was 3.7x her bodyweight. 

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On top of the impressive weight, one thing that’s always impressive with Nnamani’s pulls is that she competes them beltless. And in addition to pulling this new 195.5kg world record beltless, this pull is only 4.5kg shy of Nnamani’s current -57kg 200kg (440 lb) record.

For the squat, Nnamani finished with a 150kg (330 lb) second attempt and scratched her third. This was enough to put her in first going into the bench press where she hit a clean 85kg (187 lb) third attempt.

The culmination of her strong squat, bench press, and deadlift earned her a new world record total of 430.5kg (949 lbs), which topped second place Marisa Inda’s previous world record by a mere 0.5kg.

Feature image from @theipf Instagram page. 


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