Ellis swelled with enthusiasm at her well-earned milestone.

For some, the 2022 European Powerlifting Federation (EPF) European Classic Powerlifting Championships had been about extending a reign on prime. For others, it was about having fun with a breakthrough podium second, with quite a lot of near-victories within the rearview mirror. British powerlifter Sophia Ellis matches the latter class.

On Dec. 3, 2022, Ellis captured her first profession European title on the 2022 EPF European Championships. The athlete competed uncooked within the 76-kilogram weight class — her aggressive division relationship again to early March 2020. The energy contest befell from Nov. 25, 2022, to Dec. 4, 2022, in Skierniewice, Poland.

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Amidst her championship efficiency, Ellis scored a brand new European and British Record within the 76-kilogram class on the deadlift — efficiently pulling 240.5 kilograms (530.2 kilos) for these prime marks. Ellis accomplished her deadlift from a sumo stance whereas utilizing a blended grip and wore only a lifting belt.

In addition to her new deadlift information, Ellis matched her all-time uncooked competitors finest bench press of 122.5 kilograms (270 kilos). She scored her new all-time uncooked competitors finest complete of 528 kilograms (1,164 kilos), surpassing her earlier better of 527.5 kilograms (1,162.9 kilos) by half a kilogram (1.1 kilos). Both previous bench press and complete figures occurred on the 2022 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) Arnold Sports Festival.

Here’s an summary of the highest stats from Ellis’s full efficiency on the 2022 EPF European Classic Championships:

2022 EPF European Classic Championships Results | Sophia Ellis (76KG)

  • Squat — 165 kilograms (363.8 kilos)
  • Bench Press — 122.5 kilograms (270 kilos) | Equals All-Time Raw Competition Best
  • Deadlift — 240.5 kilograms (530.2 kilos) | European and British Record
  • Total — 528 kilograms (1,164 kilos) | All-Time Raw Competition PR

Prior to her victory on the 2022 EPF European Championships, the spotlight of Ellis’s powerlifting profession was arguably her 76-kilogram division win on the 2022 British Powerlifting (BP) British Classic Women’s Championships.

Ellis additionally boasts a top-four end within the 76-kilogram class on the 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.

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In a put up on her Instagram after the European competitors, Ellis beamed with pleasure and mirrored on what the win might need meant to her late father.

“This still feels so surreal, but I won … European Champion 2022!” Ellis wrote. “It means the absolute world to me to have won this championship and stand on top of that platform … I know Dad is looking down, celebrating with me.”

Featured picture: @sophiastrength on Instagram