To say powerlifter Tamara Walcott is having a great training week would be an understatement. The all-time raw deadlift world record holder is scheduled to compete at the 2022 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Ghost Clash in Miami, FL, on Feb. 12-13, 2022. At that contest, she will attempt to set new raw world records for the back squat, deadlift, and total in the 90-plus kilogram division — she currently holds the raw deadlift record of 288.5 kilograms (636 pounds).
To claim the raw squat world record, Walcott will have to lockout more than 279.8 kilograms (616.9 pounds) — the current record held by April Mathis since October 2011, according to Open Powerlifting. That does not appear to be an issue for Walcott, who took to her TikTok page to share a video wherein she successfully hits an unofficial world record squat of 288.5 kilograms (636 pounds). She reposted the video to her Instagram page on Feb. 10, 2022. Check it out below:
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Judging from the video, only a brief moment on the ascent appeared to give Walcott some difficulty. On the whole, if one did not know she had more weight than any female ever loaded on her back, one might think this was a routine top single during a typical training session. Reading Walcott’s caption in the post, the lift may have been just that:
I’m as ready as I’ll ever be! 635 [pounds] felt snug!!!
Walcott told BarBend that she intends to set new bench press, squat, and total raw world records at the 2022 Ghost Clash, meaning that she need only to repeat the lifts she hit this week in the gym. On Feb. 5, 2022, she shared a video on her social media channels that featured her pulling 14 pounds over her current deadlift world record. Here are the current raw world records in the Women’s superheavyweight division, per Open Powerlifting:
Current Raw World Records — Women’s +90KG
- Squat — 278.9 kilograms (614.9 pounds) | April Mathis
- Bench Press — 188.2 kilograms (414.9 pounds) | April Mathis
- Deadlift — 288.5 kilograms (636 pounds) | Tamara Walcott
- Total — 730.2 kilograms (1,609.8 pounds) | April Mathis
It is not all that common to expect multiple world records to fall in the same competition, but that is the expectation heading into the 2022 WRPF Ghost Clash. Assuming each lift goes according to plan, Walcott’s name will appear next to three of the four records above when Valentine’s Day rolls around.
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