The Greatest Lifts In Powerlifting History
An old thread which has been revived at Get Big looks at the best lifts in powerlifting history. What qualifies a lift as a great one? Is it the amount of weight put up or the situation in which it's done or both? In other sports, the greatest moments often are from dramatic situations in playoffs or championships. Does that hold as true for powerlifting? Or does the format not lend itself much to the dramatic?
In my opinion, these are the greatest powerlifts of all time:
Squat - Fred Hatfield's 1014 @ 255 lb. Very deep and almost totally unequipped.
Bench Press - Mike MacDonald's 522 @ 181 lb. Totally unequipped.
Deadlift - Vince Anello's 800 @ 198.
TOTAL - Jon Cole's 2370 @ 283 lb. He almost benched 600 at the same meet. Totally RAW.
Squat: Shane Hamman (SHW), 1009 lbs
Benchpress: James Henderson (SHW) 711 lbs. Totally unequipped, and done in the IPF, with mandatory testing since it was a world record. May be the most impressive lift of any category, any weightclass. To me, this is the greatest lifter ever.
Deadlift: Ismo Lappi (165 lbs) 749 lbs. A true master of the deadlift.
what about Coan's 901 pull at 220?
I'll give a vote to Lee Moran's 1003 lbs squat, simply for the fact that he did it about 5 minutes after the bar flew off his back because the collar was not tight on one side. 50kg plates were flying! Bars were flying! People were running away! Lee didn't care... he just had the bar reloaded and then did it.
could paul anderson actually squat 1200 lbs? if so then thats the best.
Certainly one of the greatest lifts of all time would have to
go to Mel Hennessey, of Minneapolis (Saint Paul), MN.
Back in late 60s or so, Mel did 560 pound bench in the 220
pound class. This of course was raw, raw, raw. And to see
this guy lift was to witness absolute perfection: no noise,
no wraps, no bounce, no backbend; just pure, perfectly
executed strength, with proper pauses and the whole nine
yards. He weighed apx. 215 pounds of solid muscle.
1. 1994 IPF Asian regional in Manila. Twenty-year old Saroni of Indonesia DLd 738 lbs at 165 lbs (75kg) to break JR and SR world records. Dan Austin surpassed that SR record a few months later, but the JR record is still on the books 12 years later.
2. Brad Gillingham's last chance DL winning the SHW gold at 2000 IPF Mens World in Japan. About six men had a chance at the gold going into the third round of DLs. All red-lighteded but Brad. He took the last DL - and the last lift of the meet - to win. I think he DLd "only" 838, but the drama of the situation was as good as it gets. 3000 people holding their breath.