Jonas Rantanen Destroys 308 All-Time Marks

Finland's Jonas Rantanen (308) destroyed two all-time records at yesterday's FPO BullFarm Powerlifting Championships at the Fitness EXPO in Lahti, Finland. Rantanen posted a 2,799 pound (1,270kg) total to move his own all-time record up by over 100 pounds, from 2,678 pounds. Rantanen's total is also ranked the seventh highest of all-time, regardless of weight class. He and Ukrainian Yevgen Yarymbash are the only two lifter under superheavyweight who have broken the 2,700 pound barrier.

Rantanen also eclipsed Paul Childress' all-time squat record of 1,147 pounds with a 1,190 pound (540kg) effort.

Rantanen added a 793 pound (360kg) bench press opener and 815 pound (370kg) deadlift to capture best lifter at the meet.

Squat:

Bench press:

Deadlift:

826 pound (375kg) bench press miss:

848 pound (385kg) bench press miss:

Rantanen's squat and other highlights:

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Way to raise the bar. Wow great lifting!!

Mind-boggling.

Great lifting! Congrats

I am sure Jani put on a great show. Congrats to the Bullfarm team. I can tell you the Finnish always put on a nice competition.

Wow, check out the crowd!!

Great lifting and man was that a crowd or what!

-Abe Harrod

Wow, i did'nt know that powerlifting was that popular in Finland!! Seem like a great crowd... congrats to these great lifters!!

Lifting heavy shit is part of the Finnish identity. Hell, even their supermakets sell lifting chalk (no kidding).

Alberto Caraballo wrote:
Lifting heavy shit is part of the Finnish identity. Hell, even their supermakets sell lifting chalk (no kidding).

That reminds me: Just thought I'd mention that in an interview from a while ago Konstantinovs said Ano Turtiainen of Finland was his biggest influence in deadlift training. So, one of the best knows where to look for inspiration. I assume they have a cable channel over there that is 24 hours a day of liftin'...even if the folks in the crowd at the Bullfarm thing looked a little subdued. I guess they save their energy for their workouts.

Translation of interview at: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f13/konstantin-konstantinovs-info-888012/

(Is it okay to post that link? Not looking to break a rule.)

The lifters from Finland are just great,real impressing lifting & they will be hard to beat in years to come,keep up your good work

only the strong survive

What's is up with the 5 second pause on the bench? Looked like he lost control at the top of his DL. Great lifting overall though.

Jeff Hackett

Wow, on his benches, he rolls his feet under so he is balancing on the TOP of his foot, not on the underside ball of the foot. Would seem to be very hard to maintain balance, but he does it.

wow..... no question on depth there....... what an animal

fattest illinois lifter wrote:
wow..... no question on depth there....... what an animal

and notice that there is no one making an issue of it either. funny how the "haters" only come out when the video shows a bullshit lift... and all this time i thought they were just jealous.

DAMN this dude has only an average meet and still puts up an all-time record.

Jonas is only 25.

Is there a record for longest successful bench attempt? Seriously. 17 seconds from start to finish.

hacketjj1 wrote:
only the strong survive

What's is up with the 5 second pause on the bench? Looked like he lost control at the top of his DL. Great lifting overall though.

Jeff Hackett


I wasnt sure if it was a really long pause or if he was pulling the bar to his chest?

Bar just didn´t want to come down so easily :)