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Weightlifting World Records

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UPDATED: Aug 25, 2020

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  • Weightlifting at the level of the pros requires a combination of grueling training, purposeful recovery, solid nutrition, and a lot of grit and determination
  • Andrzej Stanaszek holds the all-time world record for both the squat and bench press.
  • China holds the most Olympic medals in female weightlifting.

Even if you can’t bench press or squat your way to a world record, it’s always motivating to see people who can. Weightlifting at the level of the pros below requires a combination of grueling training, purposeful recovery, solid nutrition, and a lot of grit and determination. To succeed in the sport one must put their training at the top of their list of priorities.

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Before we dive into specifics, here’s an overview of the world records that have been set within the sport of weightlifting:



Countries With the Most Olympic Medals in Male and Female Weightlifting Since 2000:


Men: 1

Women: 0


Men: 5

Women: 1


Men: 0

Women: 1

South Korea

Men: 0

Women: 3


Men: 2

Women: 18


Men: 0

Women: 1


Men: 4

Women: 0


Men: 3

Women: 0

US Men’s Nationals – Snatch Lift



Jim Schubert Kevin Dittler Dean Goad Joel Lackey Al Reed
Location Cleveland, OH Mesa, AZ Newman, GA Marietta, GA Spanaway, WA
Weight Class 77 85 94 105 105+
Lbs 264.5 286.6 319.7 330.7 339.5
KGs 120.0 130.0 145.0 150.0 154.0


US Women’s Nationals – Snatch Lift

Name Jacquelynn Berube Carrie Boudreau Amorkor Ollennuking Arlys Maxwell Inga Denunzio
Location Colorado Springs, CO Savannah, GA Lee’s Summit, MO Seattle, WA Scarsdale, NY
Weight Class 58 80 69 75 75+
Lbs 196.2 176.4 165.3 192.9 182.9
KGs 89.0 80.0 75.0 87.5 83.0


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All-Time Historical Men’s Powerlifting World Records for the Squat:

Name Nationality Body Weight (LBS) Squat (KG) Squat (LB)
Andrzej Stanaszek Poland 114 300.5 662.5
Andrzej Stanaszek Poland 123 292.5 644.9
Mangnus Karlsson Sweden 132 320.0 705.5
Thomas J. Hoerner U.S.A. 148 365.0 804.7
Al Caslow U.S.A. 165 402.5 887.4
Michael Cartinian U.S.A. 181 421.8 930.0
Shaun Frankl U.S.A. 198 478.5 1055.0
Sam Byrd U.S.A. 220 499.0 1100.0
Chuck Vogelpohl U.S.A. 242 517.1 1140.0


All-Time Historical Men’s Powerlifting World Records for Bench Press:

Name Nationality Body Weight (Lbs) Bench Press (KG) Bench Press (LB)
Andrzej Stanaszek Poland 114 182.5 402.3


Anton Kraft Denmark 123 210.0 463.0
Ayrat Zakiyev Russia 132 225.5 490.5
Kevin Harmon USA 148 274.4 605.0
Joe Mazza USA 165 319.8 705.0
Jason Fry USA 181 340.2 750.0
Sawn Frankl USA 198 385.6 850.0
Jason Coker USA 220 410.0 903.9
Rob Luyando USA 242 410.5 905.0
Scot Mendelson USA 275 487.6 1030.7
Ryan Kennelly USA 308 487.6 1075.0


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