When it involves lifting unimaginable quantities of weight, Shahram Saki ought to get comfy within the highlight. The Iranian powerlifter’s newest mark is likely to be his most excellent energy achievement but.

On May 12, 2022, Saki shared footage of himself squatting 510 kilograms (1,124.36 kilos) throughout a coaching session. While unofficial as a result of it occurred outdoors of a sanctioned competitors, Saki’s determine surpasses Daniel Bell’s present all-time uncooked w/wraps file of 505 kilograms (1,113.3 kilos). Bell achieved that feat through the 2021 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Kern US Open. Both athletes sometimes compete within the 120-kilogram-plus division.

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Notably, some may discover the depth of Saki’s squat questionable. He doesn’t — or barley does — attain the powerlifting aggressive customary of under parallel (or getting his hip crease under the aircraft of his knees). As such, it doubtlessly wouldn’t have counted in a full energy meet.

A Powerful Profile

It’s been an eventful few weeks for Saki, to say the least.

Before notching this unofficial file squat w/wraps, the Iranian athlete recorded a 1025-kilogram (2,259.7-pound) whole through the 2022 Iran Bodybuilding Federation (IranBBF) National Classic Powerlifting & Bench Press Championships in late April. That quantity gave Saki the best whole in Asian Powerlifting Federation (APF) historical past.

In the identical competitors, Saki broke the APF information with a squat of 440 kilograms (970 kilos) and a bench press of 235 kilograms (518.1 kilos). These three respective information surpassed Ray Williams’ 425.9-kilogram squat (939.1 kilos), 229.9-kilogram bench press (507 kilos), and 1008.4-kilogram whole (2,223.3 kilos) from the 2015 APF Asia-Oceania Raw Championships.

Here’s a whole file of every of the three sanctioned competitions Saki has underneath his belt:

Shahram Saki (120KG+) | Career Results

  • 2017 World Powerlifting Congress (WPC) Amateur European Championships (Amateur Open) — First place | W/Wraps
  • 2021 IranBBF International Classic Club Powerlifting Championships (Open) — First place | Raw
  • 2022 IranBBF National Classic Powerlifting & Bench Press Championships (Open) — First place | Raw

Meanwhile, listed below are Saki’s all-time competitors bests. Notably, they’re all from the 2022 IranBBF National Classic Powerlifting & Bench Press Championships:

Shahram Saki (120KG+) | Top Career Stats

  • Squat — 440 kilograms (970 kilos) | APF Record | Iranian Record
  • Bench Press — 235 kilograms (518.1 kilos) | APF Record | Iranian Record | PR
  • Deadlift — 350 kilograms (771.6 kilos) | APF Record | PR
  • Total — 1,025 kilograms (2,259.7 kilos) | APF Record | Iranian Record | PR

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What’s Next

At the time of this writing, Saki has not introduced any formal plans for his subsequent sanctioned meet. The important updates that the athlete supplies are of him capturing a normally staggering energy accomplishment on his Instagram. His feed has virtually solely consisted of heavy squats in latest weeks, which is sensible along with his newest mark.

While Saki’s subsequent aggressive look is up within the air — for now — there’s one factor to notice for certain. If he can switch over this huge squat from coaching (whereas getting extra depth), he may quickly be capable to name himself a World Record holder.

Featured picture: @shahram_power_lor on Instagram