In the course of the 2022 Iran Bodybuilding Federation (IranBBF) Nationwide Traditional Powerlifting & Bench Press Championships on April 12-17, 2022, Iranian powerlifter Shahram Saki got here in first within the 120-kilogram+ weight class. On the identical time, he turned just a few heads along with his power.
First, Saki captured a uncooked 440-kilogram squat (970 kilos) — the very best within the historical past of Asia, per Open Powerlifting. Then he notched a 235-kilogram bench press (518.1 kilos), one other quantity sufficient for the Asia document. By the meet’s finish, he totaled 1,025 kilograms (2,259.7 kilos), but once more the very best in Asian powerlifting historical past.
Take a look at a video of Saki’s record-breaking squat — the place he donned a lifting belt and lifting straps — through his Instagram profile:
Along with the three Asia data, Saki is now in possession of all 4 Iranian powerlifting data (squat, bench press, deadlift, and whole) for somebody competing within the 120-kilogram+ weight class. Naturally, these marks are additionally now his all-time greatest competitors PRs.
American powerlifter Ray Williams beforehand held the Asian data for the squat, bench press, and whole. Williams logged a 425.9-kilogram squat (939.1 kilos), a 229.9-kilogram (507 kilos), and a 1008.4-kilogram whole (2,223.3 kilos) on the 2015 AsianPF (APF) Asia-Oceania Uncooked Championships. After his outstanding week, Saki has now eclipsed that squat by 14 kilograms (30.9 kilos), the bench press by 5 kilograms (11 kilos), and the overall by 16.1 kilograms (36.4 kilos).
Observe: Except for Saki’s squat, there is no such thing as a different video documentation, so any gear he wore throughout his different lifts is unconfirmed. Listed below are Saki’s full stats from this latest meet:
Shahram Saki — 2022 IranBBF Nationwide Traditional Stats
- Squat — 440 kilograms (970 kilos) | Asian Powerlifting Federation File | Iranian File | PR
- Bench Press — 235 kilograms (518.1 kilos) | Asian Powerlifting Federation File | Iranian File | PR
- Deadlift — 350 kilograms (771.6 kilos) | Iranian File | PR
- Whole — 1,025 kilograms (2,259.7 kilos) | Asian Powerlifting Federation File | Iranian File | PR
On the Rise
Saki’s power feats are spectacular, contemplating he doesn’t have a lot skilled powerlifting expertise.
Together with the 2022 IranBBF Nationwide Traditional, Saki has simply three full energy meets to his title. His first time on a professional platform was on the 2017 World Powerlifting Congress (WPC) Beginner European Championships, the place he completed first. The opposite was the 2021 IranBBF Worldwide Membership Traditional Powerlifting Championships, the place he additionally got here out victorious.
Saki’s efficiency within the 2021 IranBFF Worldwide Membership Traditional would possibly present a wonderful comparability of what he’s able to when totally devoted to the powerlifting craft. To supply a greater image, listed here are his stats from that meet:
Shahram Saki — IranBBF Worldwide Membership Traditional Stats
- Squat — 425 kilograms (936.9 kilos)
- Bench Press — 217.5 kilograms (479.5 kilos)
- Deadlift — 337.5 kilograms (744 kilos)
- Whole — 980 kilograms (2160.5 kilos)
In roughly 4 months, Saki improved upon his squat by 15 kilograms (33.1 kilos), his bench press by 17.5 kilograms (38.6 kilos), his deadlift by 12.5 kilograms (27.6 kilos), and his whole by a staggering 44.9 kilograms (99.2 kilos). As Saki’s profession unfolds, it would probably be difficult to maintain up that development from meet to satisfy. Nonetheless, his meteoric leap ahead in latest months is price noting.
On the time of publishing, Saki has not formally introduced his subsequent powerlifting competitors. If Saki’s latest precedent is any indication, he might break much more data at any time when he steps onto a platform once more.
Featured picture: @shahram_power_lor on Instagram