On June 6, throughout the 2022 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships, Heather Connor broke the uncooked deadlift IPF World Record for the 47-kilogram weight class with a pull of 185 kilograms (407.9 kilos). That weight is 4 occasions her official competitors physique weight of 46.6 kilograms (102.7 kilos).

It’s been a short time since Connor lifted on one of many extra prestigious worldwide lifting platforms. The powerlifter hadn’t competed within the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships since 2019, the place she got here in first place for the second time in her profession (2017, 2019). She made her return to the 2022 version in Sun City, South Africa, and he or she didn’t disappoint. 

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Notably, Connor surpassed her personal deadlift World Record by 9 kilograms (18.8 kilos). Connor beforehand set that determine with a pull of 176 kilograms (388 kilos) throughout the 2019 IPF World Championships — her final look on the competitors earlier than this month. Connor accomplished the deadlift from a traditional stance whereas carrying a lifting belt. 

Here’s a whole rundown of the highest stats from her complete efficiency:

Heather Connor (47KG) | 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships Stats

  • Squat — 142.5 kilograms (314.2 kilos)
  • Bench Press — 70 kilograms (154.3 kilos)
  • Deadlift — 185 kilograms (407.9 kilos) —  IPF World Record 
  • Total — 397.5 kilograms (876.3 kilos) 

Connor had been particularly laborious at work together with her deadlift in preparation for this 12 months’s competitors. The American athlete really pulled 195 kilograms (429 kilos) —  roughly 21 kilograms greater than her new World Record — throughout a current May 2022 coaching session. She additionally captured that pull from a traditional stance with only a lifting belt. The powerlifter did make a 193-kilogram (423.5-pound) try throughout the competitors however was unable to lock it out efficiently.

Connor’s Performance in Context

Thanks to her World Record deadlift, Connor fared fairly properly within the general outcomes for the 47-kilogram weight class. Her 397.5-kilogram (876.3-pound) whole was sufficient to complete in second place. Thanks to some data of her personal, fellow 47KG powerlifter Tiffany Chapon took dwelling first place. 

That stated, whereas she notched a brand new deadlift World Record, Connor didn’t appear happy together with her ends in a submit on her Instagram.

“Not my best, certainly not my worst, but today is what I had in me,” Connor wrote. “The stronger lifter [Chapon] won today, and I’m perfectly okay with that.”

According to Connor, a part of her second-place end could have resulted from journey points, which interfered together with her coaching routine. Though, she gave the impression to be accepting of her unlucky state of affairs. 

“My circumstances weren’t ideal no matter what way you look at it: Constant cancellations and five days of travel to get somewhere which at one point almost seemed impossible,” Connor wrote. “Missed training days due to these circumstances, and all I can say about it is: ‘It is what it is.’”

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If it’s any comfort for Connor, making the rostrum at a global competitors remains to be noteworthy within the powerlifting sphere. It is perhaps much more spectacular that she managed to do it on the IPF Worlds after not collaborating for 2 years.

There’s assuredly much more for Connor to attain by way of the remainder of her profession. She would possibly even use this second-place, deadlift-record-breaking efficiency as added motivation to get again to the highest. 

Featured picture: @theipf on Instagram