Theo Maddox (140KG) Sets Teen (18-19) Raw Deadlift and Total World Records at 2022 APL Strength Quest II

Maddox pulled a 390-kilogram deadlift and a 962.5-kilogram total.

Strength is not wasted on the youth. On Oct. 2, 2022, many elite powerlifters competed at the Australian Powerlifting League (APL) Strength Quest II. Among those athletes was 19-year-old Theo Maddox, who weighed in at 134.5 kilograms (296.5 pounds) with his sights set on the record books.

Maddox had a stellar competition that included setting a new raw world record in the Teen 18-19 division for the deadlift and total.

He locked out a 390-kilogram (859.8-pound) pull with an overhand grip in a sumo stance while wearing a lifting belt en route to his 962.5-kilogram (2,122-pound) total. Here are the stats from his performance:

2022 APL Strength Quest II | Theo Maddox, 140KG (Raw)

  • Squat — 355 kilograms (782.6 pounds)
  • Bench Press — 217.5 kilograms (479.5 pounds)
  • Deadlift — 390 kilograms (859.8 pounds) — Teen 18-19 World Record
  • Total — 962.5. kilograms (2,122 pounds) — Teen 18-19 World Record

Check out Maddox’s three big lifts in the video below, courtesy of his Instagram page:


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Despite what is objectively an impressive performance, the caption on Maddox’s Instagram post didn’t have the excitement one might expect. Rather, he appears to have his eyes locked on the future:

“Look, it wasn’t the day I wanted, but it was good to get on the platform again after so long off,” said Maddox. “I have a lot to learn and improve upon, and that’s honestly very exciting to have acquired all this new information. I am now in a very good position to build some of my foundation up and work on my weaknesses. A break will do me good, however. I need to take care of my mentals and plan a fair amount out.”

Although it wasn’t the day he wanted, he pulled a heavier deadlift than the previous Teen 18-19 raw world record of 350 kilograms (771.6 pounds) by Max Shethar. Maddox also exceeded the previous Teen 18-19 raw world record of 897 kilograms (1,977.6 pounds) by Jackson Powell, according to Open Powerlifting.

You can watch the entire 2022 APL Strength Quest II meet below, courtesy of their Instagram page.

[Related: John Haack (100KG) Breaks All-Time World Record Bench Press and Total at 2022 USPA Raw Pro]

The 2022 APL Strength Quest II is only Maddox’s fourth sanctioned competition appearance. His three previous contests were the 2021 New Zealand Powerlifting Federation (NZPF) North Island Championships, the 2020 NZPF Nationals, and the 2020 WBOP Regional Championships, all of which he scored gold.

Whenever Maddox makes a return to the lifting platform, he could contend for a 1,000 kilogram total. In the Junior division (age 20-23), only Larry Wheels has ever eclipsed that milestone with his 1,040-kilogram (2,292.8-pound) total at the 2018 USPA Kern US Open.

Featured image: @theo_maddox on Instagram