A worthy document mark for a stellar athlete.
The 2023 Worldwide Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Bench Press Championships noticed a number of hallowed records fall. One among them now belongs to 50-year-old Dutch powerlifter lelja Strik, who helped rewrite the document books through the higher physique, single-lift power contest that occurred on Might 20-28, 2023, in Solar Metropolis, South Africa.
By the competitors’s finish, Strik recorded a 132.5-kilogram (292.1-pound) uncooked bench press on her greatest try. The determine is a uncooked Masters 2 (ages 50 to 59) World Document in Strik’s 84-kilogram division, the place the athlete got here in first place due to her high raise. Strik utilized wrist wraps throughout her document milestone however in any other case accomplished the bench press fully uncooked.
Strik, who’s a frequent and profitable single-lift bench press specialist at competitions, broke the document in commanding trend. The earlier mark of 123 kilograms (271.1 kilos) was set by Tammy Walker on the 2019 NAPF North American Regional Bench Press Championships. In her latest efficiency, Strik broke the document on her very first bench press try (125 kilograms/275.5 kilos), inched the document greater together with her subsequent try (127.5 kilograms/281.1 kilos), and completed the day together with her decisive raise.
Per her private web page on Open Powerlifting, Strik is a seasoned powerlifter, starting her sanctioned profession over 20 years in the past on the 2001 Nederlandse Powerlifting Bond (NPB) Dutch Powerlifting Championships. Within the time since, Strik has recorded an astonishing 100 separate victories in single-lift or full-power meets, each uncooked and outfitted in some capability. There’s prolific after which there’s seemingly competing and thriving in each alternative thrown one’s approach. Strik seems to suit extra of the latter description as an athlete.
Right here’s an summary of Strik’s all-time uncooked competitors bests:
lelja Strik | All-Time Uncooked Competitors Bests
- Squat — 209.9 kilograms (462.9 kilos)
- Bench Press — 144.9 kilograms (319.6 kilos)
- Deadlift — 209.9 kilograms (462.9 kilos)
- Whole — 556.9 kilograms (1,227.9 kilos)
Strik’s aggressive resume is usually Dutch-oriented, however the athlete can depend numerous European and Worldwide World uncooked and outfitted titles all through her in depth resume.
Whereas not possible to verify outright, Strik may very well be fairly considered as one of the vital productive powerlifters within the historical past of power sports activities. That makes her newest accomplishment yet one more spectacular notch within the athlete’s lifting belt.
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