Yuriy Belkin Deadlifts 921 Pounds Weighing Just 223 — and Does It Beltless!

In a year filled with big pulls, this is one of the most ridiculous. Russian powerlifter Yuriy Belkin deadlifted 418 kilos/921 pounds at roughly 223 pounds bodyweight, which easily beats Konstantine Pozdeev’s 893 pull in the 242 pound class. Beklin didn’t cut the additional few pounds to lift at 220 — which may have seen him break Ed Coan’s longstanding record.

Video of the incredibly smooth, BELTLESS pull is below. If there’s one thing the Russians do well, it’s adding pyrotechnics into their powerlifting competitions.

According to Powerlifting Watch, this is the heaviest 4x bodyweight deadlift of all time. What really impressed us is the speed and smoothness of the pull — no question he had that weight, and with nearly 20 pounds to spare in his weight class, chances are Belkin could go heavier after a bit of a bulk (or maybe just a few sandwiches the day before).

Want to see some other big pulls? Check out our infographic on the heaviest deadlifts of all time. Belkin isn’t on it — yet — but if he cracks the the ranks, it’d make him the lightest athlete to do so by about 100 pounds.

Just add it to the growing list of insane powerlifting feats from Russia.

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of Greatist.com. In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and Fortune.com, as well as a contributor to Forbes.com, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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