Stuart Jamieson Deadlifts 286kg at 60kg, Breaking Lamar Gant’s Record from 1981

At the World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) 2017 World Championships this weekend, one of powerlifting’s longest standing records finally fell. Scottish strength coach and entrepreneur Stuart Jamieson descended on Moscow to compete in the -60kg class and deadlifted 630 pounds, or 285.8 kilograms for a new all-time world record.

This broke Lamar Gant’s raw world record by two pounds, which he set all the way back in 1981. Gant is considered one of powerlifting’s all-time greats, as he was the first human being to deadlift five times his bodyweight. In 1980, he pulled 634 pounds at 123 pounds bodyweight, though that one was an equipped lift.

[Check out the video of Lamar Gant’s insane deadlift in our breakdown here!]

Stuart Jamieson had been working on breaking Gant’s record for some time. When he was officially invited to the WRPF championships in July, he wrote on his Instagram,

This time, the only thing that will stop me from pulling that f**king record is if it kills me!! Moscow, let’s go!

He reached Gant’s record back in 2015 with a 628-pound raw lift.

His new world record is all the more remarkable when you consider that he wasn’t expected to see his third birthday: he was born with spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal cord fails to develop properly, and half a ribcage. (Interestingly, Lamar Gant also had scoliosis.) As he aged, Jamieson was diagnosed with scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and diastematomyelia, a split in the spinal column.

In a 2014 article, he said

You don’t have to be held down by what you have been given in your life, it all depends on how you label yourself. I’ve experienced the best and worst that life has to offer, but I’ve not allowed my disability to define my quality of life.

Having taken home multiple Scottish titles and a Commonwealth world record pull in addition to this new world record lift, Jamieson certainly seems to be living his life to the fullest.

Featured image via Power Mafia on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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