On Aug. 16, 2022, powerlifter Serena Abweh shared a video of herself on her Instagram web page finishing a uncooked deadlift of 161 kilograms (355 kilos) throughout a coaching session. It’s a private file (PR) that surpasses her all-time competitors finest within the 48-kilogram class on the 2021 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) New Mexico State Championships by 8.5 kilograms (18.8 kilos). 

The deadlift can be 3.4 occasions Abweh’s competitors physique weight. She used a sumo stance, blended grip, and donned a lifting belt to seize her new deadlift PR. Given the casualness of her pull, it could be truthful to imagine that Abweh had extra within the tank. You can take a look at footage of the power feat by way of her Instagram profile beneath:

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Abweh is in her early 20s however has already amassed a formidable aggressive resume in her approximate four-year profession. As primarily a Juniors competitor, Abweh has received six of seven profession contests.

Abweh’s lone non-first-place end was a fifth-overall outcome within the Juniors 47-kilogram division through the 2020 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships. Here’s a rundown of Abweh’s full resume so far:

Serena Abweh | Competition Resume (Juniors)

  • 2018 USPA APEMAN Classic Powerlifting Championships — First place
  • 2018 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Southwest Regional Championships — First place
  • 2018 USAPL Raw Nationals — First place
  • 2019 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships — Fifth place
  • 2019 USAPL Raw Nationals — First place
  • 2020 USAPL Collegiate Cup and Texas Open — First place
  • 2021 USPA New Mexico State Championships — First place

Here’s an summary of Abweh’s all-time competitors bests on every of the benchmark lifts in powerlifting:

Serena Abweh* | All-Time Competition Bests

  • Squat — 100 kilograms (220.4 kilos)
  • Bench Press — 67.5 kilograms (148.8 kilos)
  • Deadlift — 152.5 kilograms (336.2 kilos)
  • Total — 310 kilograms (683.4 kilos)

*Note: The American athlete has solely ever competed uncooked. 

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Abweh’s Future Outlook

The 2021 USPA New Mexico State Championships was the final time Abweh competed on a sanctioned lifting platform. At the time of this text’s publication, the athlete has not disclosed when she is going to function in a contest once more. In the previous, she’s usually participated in two competitions per 12 months, with solely 2022 to this point being an outlier. 

In January 2022, the USA Powerlifting group reinstated the Women’s 44-kilogram and 48-kilogram divisions whereas transferring previous the 47-kilogram class. If Abweh competes internationally, significantly in any IPF contest, she could have the choice to remain at 47 kilograms.

Featured picture: @rena_serenaa on Instagram