British strongwomen Rhianon Lovelace will attempt to break the lightweight Atlas Stone world record which is currently 139kg/306lb.
She’ll be attempting to lift a 141kg/311lb, a 151kg/333lb, and a 161kg/355lb Atlas Stone. (So even if she just makes the opener, she’ll have a new record.) That third lift is 2.5 times her competition bodyweight. Each stone will have a diameter of nineteen inches.
The lift will take place on Saturday, June 6th in the United Kingdom as part of the fifth episode of World Ultimate Strongman’s (WUS) “Feats of Strength” series. Lovelace will be the first female athlete featured in the series.
It will be live streamed at 12pm EST/4PM GMT via:
4-time World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion Zydrunas Savickas will referee.
In strongwoman, there are three weight classes:
- Lightweight — under 64kg
- Middleweight — 64kg to 82kg
- Heavyweight/Open — over 82kg
Lovelace is the 2018 World’s Strongest Woman in the -64kg weight class. Her previous feats of strength include deadlifting four times her bodyweight and crushing 2017 WSM champion Eddie Hall in a competitive workout which included her performing 40 bodyweight reps in the Viking Press in under a minute.
Lovelace recently set the lightweight axle press world record of 92.5kg/204lb this past January. Check that out below via Nicole Ann Bennet’s YouTube channel:
She also set a lightweight world record deadlift of of 260kg/573lbs in 2019 — exactly four times her bodyweight. If you have not seen that lift, you can below via Official Strongman’s YouTube channel:
Her lift on June 6th will be the second time in the “Feats of Strength” series that an Atlas Stone world record is attempted. The first was a successful all-time world record lift by Tom Stoltman who managed to hoist a 286kg/630lb Atlas Stone over a 4 foot crossbar. The other episodes included Oleskii Novikov’s successful giant dumbbell world record (11 reps of 100kg/220lb dumbbell in 75 seconds) and Hafthor Bjornsson’s heaviest of all-time 501kg/1,104lb deadlift.
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For context on how heavy Lovelace’s attempt will be, the world record Atlas Stone in the open division is just 8kg/17lb more — Donna Moore’s 147kg/324lb lift from the 2018 Arnold Classic.
In addition to her career in strongwoman, Lovelace has a fairly extensive background in powerlifting. Although she has not competed in a sanctioned powerlifting competition since 2017, her resume includes thirteen events and thirteen wins — she never lost an event before transitioning to strongwoman.
Feature image from Rhianon Lovelace’s Instagram page: @rhianon.lovelace.kaosstrength