On August 6, 2022, strongman Rauno Heinla deadlifted 476 kilograms (1,049.4 kilos) throughout the 2022 World Deadlift Championships (WDC) in Cardiff, Wales. Not solely did the max one-rep pull give the 40-year-old Heinla the win within the 2022 WDC — which was part of the general Giants Live World Open — it’s a new Master’s World Record by 39.6 kilograms (87.4 kilos).

Mikhail Shivlyakov held the earlier report mark due to a deadlift of 436 kilograms (962 kilos) from the 2020 World’s Ultimate Strongman (WUS) “Feats of Strength” collection.

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The 2022 WDC started by tasking the athletes with an preliminary deadlift weight of 400 kilograms (881.9 kilos) earlier than progressing to 425.5 kilograms (938.1 kilos), then 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos). Five athletes — Heinla, Graham Hicks, Mitchell Hooper, Ivan Makarov, and Pavlo Nakonechnyy — tried not less than 453.6 kilograms (1,000 kilos). 

However, Heinla was the solely competitor in a position to lock out a rep of 1,000 kilos or extra efficiently, and he took residence the victory in consequence. Heinla and former World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champions Hafthor Björnsson (2018) and Eddie Hall (2017) stay the one strongmen to have ever deadlifted that a lot weight from the ground.

Notably, not one of the athletes might deadlift 505 kilograms (1,113 kilos) throughout the contest. The Giants Live group would have rewarded the strongman who achieved such a feat with a $55,000 prize. Björnsson nonetheless owns the heaviest strongman deadlift of all-time at 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos). He captured that mark on the 2020 WUS “Feats of Strength” collection.

Here are the entire high outcomes from the 2022 World Deadlift Championships:

2022 World Deadlift Championships Final Standings

  1. Rauno Heinla — 476 kilograms (1,049.4 kilos) | 2022 WDC Champion
  2. Graham Hicks — 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos)
  3. Mitchell Hooper — 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos)
  4. Ivan Makarov — 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos)
  5. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 453.5 kilograms (999.8 kilos)
  6. Gavin Bilton — 425.5 kilograms (938.1 kilos)
  7. Oleksii Novikov — 425.5 kilograms (938.1 kilos)
  8. Evan Singleton — 425.5 kilograms (938.1 kilos)
  9. Shane Flowers — 400 Kilograms (881.9 kilos)
  10. Andy Black — 400 Kilograms (881.9 kilos)
  11. Pa O’Dwyer — 400 Kilograms (881.9 kilos)

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A Fitting Moment

Heinla profitable the 2022 WDC might be seen as an ideal end result of a lot of his latest coaching focus.

In mid-June 2022, the Estonian athlete deadlifted 420 kilograms (926 kilos) for 4 reps with ease. Then, in early July, Heinla first teased a brand new Master’s World Record with a pull of 450 kilograms (992 kilos) — which was 30 kilos greater than the previous high mark. Heinla would eclipse that unofficial coaching feat by 26 kilograms (57.4 kilos) with the brand new Master’s World Record on the 2022 WDC. 

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Heinla provides the Master’s World Record to a powerful resume of deadlift accomplishments. He possesses the all-time 400-kilogram (881.8-pound) deadlift for reps World Record with six on the 2020 World’s Ultimate Strongman Feats of Strength collection. Plus, he’s additionally the Silver Dollar World Record holder with a pull of 579.7 kilograms (1,278 kilos) on the 2022 Silver Dollar Deadlift Estonian Championship. 

With Heinla’s victory on the 2022 WDC, certainly one of strongman’s best deadlifters can now formally name himself the world’s high energetic deadlifter. 

Featured picture: @rauno_heinla