Ivan Makarov has made a reputation for himself within the strongman sphere due to his deadlift proficiency. He is the reigning champion of the annual World Deadlift Championships (WDC) contest, due to his competition-best pull of 475 kilograms (1,047 kilos). The Russian strongman just lately launched a clip on his Instagram web page that means he’s ready to retain his title. 

On July 18, 2022, Makarov shared footage of himself capturing a 470-kilogram (1,036.1-pound) deadlift throughout a coaching session. Julian Howard (@worldsstrongestfan) shared the clip on his Instagram profile. The strongman wore a lifting swimsuit and accomplished his large pull in his socks. 

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Makarov’s energy mark is solely 5 kilograms (11 kilos) much less than his high carry of 475 kilograms (1,047.2 kilos) from the 2021 WDC. Makarov’s all-time deadlift PR on digicam is 490 kilograms (1,080.2 kilos), which got here throughout a September 2021 coaching session.

Makarov’s staggering deadlift coaching is undoubtedly a part of his preparation for the 2022 WDC. That contest is part of the broader 2022 Giants Live World Open & World Deadlift Championships, going down on Aug. 6, 2022, on the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. 

Here’s the checklist of anticipated rivals who will attempt to stop a Makarov repeat victory:

2022 World Deadlift Championships Roster

  • Ivan Makarov (Russia) — Reigning WDC Champion
  • Evan Singleton (United States)
  • Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine)
  • Mitchell Hooper (Canada)
  • Gabriel Peña (Mexico)
  • Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
  • Gavin Bilton (United Kingdom)
  • Asko Karu (Estonia)
  • Pavlo Nakonechnyy (Ukraine)
  • Peiman Maheripourehir (Iran)
  • Wild card — Announced at a later date
  • *Vacated slot — Announced at a later date

*Note: Adam Bishop was beforehand on the 2022 WDC roster, however after struggling a triceps damage in early July 2022, he withdrew. At the time of this writing, Giants Live has not but introduced Bishop’s substitute. 

The Giants Live group has offered an interesting problem to Makarov and every of his 2022 WDC friends. Should any of the athletes carry 505 kilograms (1,113 kilos) through the contest, Giants Live will reward them with a $55,000 money prize. That carry would eclipse the present all-time world document held by 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion Hafthor Björnsson, who pulled 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos) within the World’s Ultimate Strongman “Feats of Strength” collection in May 2020.

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Over the previous couple of years, Makarov has made a wide range of coaching makes an attempt at each the world document and 500-kilogram deadlifts. If Makarov deadlifts at the least 500 kilograms (1,102.3 kilos), he would grow to be the third strongman to affix that unique membership. Only Björnsson, 2017 WSM champ Eddie Hall, and powerlifter Krzysztof Wierzbicki have ever pulled at the least 500 kilograms.

Wierzbicki notably surpassed Björnsson’s World Record with a 502.5-kilogram (1,107-pound) deadlift throughout a late April 2022 coaching session. However, the determine wouldn’t rely in an official strongman competitors as a result of Wierzbicki used a sumo stance. While not a document, it stays the heaviest filmed deadlift in historical past. 

Makarov and a number of the world’s elite deadlifters will compete on the 2022 WDC on August 6, 2022, in Cardiff, Wales. 

Featured picture: @worldsstrongestfan on Instagram