In 2021, Lucy Underdown set a file by changing into the primary girl to deadlift 300 kilograms (661.4 kilos) in a contest setting. Over the next years, she proceeded to make her mark in strongwoman contests, together with a number of podium placings within the UK’s Strongest Girl competitors (2021-2023) and a victory on the 2023 Official Strongman Video games (OSG) European Championship to turn out to be Europe’s Strongest Girl.
Her newest record-setting efficiency in the course of the 2023 World Deadlift Championships (WDC) ought to have been no shock to anybody following her trajectory within the energy sport. Underdown grew to become the primary girl to deadlift 318 kilograms (700 kilos).
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The World Deadlift Championships passed off as an adjunct competitors in the course of the 2023 Giants Reside World Open (GLWO). Whereas some athletes solely participated within the WDC, athletes in each contests carried out the deadlift in progressively heavier rounds and scores from the WDC-only opponents didn’t have an effect on athlete rankings within the GLWO.
Underdown accomplished the deadlift utilizing solely a pair of lifting straps for help. Whereas a lifting swimsuit was allowed below strongman guidelines, she opted towards utilizing one and relied on her personal pulling energy.
Along with her newest World Report, Underdown broke her personal deadlift file of 305 kilograms (672 kilos) set in the course of the 2023 UK’s Strongest Girl contest in Could. The 318-kilogram (700-pound) deadlift is formally the heaviest deadlift pulled in competitors by a feminine energy athlete in both strongwoman or powerlifting.
Whereas aggressive powerlifters usually are not allowed to make use of lifting straps, the heaviest deadlift in a swimsuit belongs to Becca Swanson who pulled 314.9 kilograms (694.4 kilos) in the course of the 2005 World Powerlifting Congress (WPC) WPO European Semi Finals.
The Remainder of the Competitors
Other than Underdown’s continued deadlifting dominance, the WDC and GLWO delivered on different fronts. Within the males’s deadlift competitors, Graham Hicks got here out victorious with a large 470-kilogram (1,036.1-pound) pull.
Hicks’ successful deadlift didn’t set a World Report or seize the Giants Reside standing supply of $50,000 to anybody finishing a 505-kilogram (1,113.3-pound) deadlift. Nonetheless, his efficiency nonetheless bested fellow strongmen together with 2022 WDC champion Rauno Heinla and Ivan Makarov — each of whom peaked at 455 kilograms (1,003.1 kilos) in the course of the competitors.
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The first contest — the 2023 Giants Reside World Open — was received by Evan “T-Rex” Singleton. It was his second GLWO title, having beforehand received in 2021. It’s also his second contest win of the 2023 aggressive season, including to his victory on the 2023 Giants Reside Strongman Basic in July.
Underdown’s Subsequent Step
After claiming yet one more file, Underdown hasn’t formally introduced her subsequent aggressive plans. Nonetheless, in a recap posted to her Instagram following the competition, Underdown made it clear she’s not taking her continued excellence evenly.
“I began this journey [five] years in the past and I by no means thought I’d get this far! However I’ve acquired rather more to provide! … I’m sturdy. I’ve all the time been sturdy and I work actually [expletive] arduous! I really like this sport and I can’t wait to assist pave the best way for the ladies!!”
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