Rise of Women's Powerlifting

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 22:48 -- admin
In 1973 Jan Todd began her illustrious career. She became the first woman to deadlift over 400 pounds, squat over 400 pounds, total 1000, 1100 and total over 1200! She was the first female powerlifting superstar. During that time another great was Ann Turbyne Andrews. She was a shot put sensation who burst on the scene in the late 1970s, winning the 1980 IPF Wolrds with a 451 squat 253 bench at 468 deadlift! She retired shortly after but made her mark on the powerlifting world. Then a new chapter in women's lifting began with the emergence of Bev Francis! She set new standards of what was once thought to be impossible! She became the first woman to benchpress 300 pounds! She powered through 500 lb squats and deadlifts and mastered a 330 bench in the 181 class. She was the IPF world champion from 1980 to 1985! Another level had been reached toward the late 80's with Dawn Reshel-Sharon. She became the first to pull over 600 and total over 1400 and 1500 pounds! The 1990's showed even more improvement with the likes of Carol Boudreau a lightweight sensation who pulled a 490 deadlift at only a 121 lbs! She won several IPF world tiles to boot.Tamara Rainwater-Grimwood blasted 1,540 at 179 and 620 squat. In the late 90s' and early 2000's Jill Mills began her career of dominance and eventually totalled over 1600 and squatted over 600 as a light 181 pounder and a 2x Worlds Strongest Woman Champion . The new millennium showed a shocking record slew with Yulia Zaugolova going 1543 @ 165 and arguably the strongest women in history with WPO star Becca Swansen becoming the first and only woman to squat over 800 pounds! She had a 600 pound bench press and a 694 deadlift as well and became the first and only woman to date to total over 2000 (2,050 lbs)! During the new decade of 2010, raw lifting was increasing in popularity but a few women continued the equipped genre and Rheta West and Laura Phelps-Sweat. Both of whom had astonishing totals of 1,570 at 148 by Rheta and 1,800 by Laura... This started a trend of the women crossing over into the Men's territory! It did not end with equipped lifting, raw lifting has also had its share of women's power! April Mathis began punching out 700 lb raw squats and boasted a 451 raw bench! April has been regarded as arguably the strongest woman in history as well. Today in 2019 at the turn of a new decade we've had the likes of Stef Cohen pulling 529 at 119, Galina Abramova pulling 568 @ 148, CC Holcomb (Ingram) with a 622 in the 181 class (biggest raw deadlift regardless of BW) and now Marianna Gasparayn who squatted an astonishing 573 at 123 and totaled 1,350, the first record to over take the open men's record! She bested the men's 123 record of 1,339! Its an amazing time in women's powerlifting. It has grown by leaps and bounds and all we can do is sit in awe of things to come. Currently by the WILKs formula the top 5 lifters in the world regardless of sex, are all women! INCREDIBLE Top 5 lifters of the world: 1) Marianna Gasparayn 2) Stefanie Cohen 3) Stacy Burr 4) CC Ingram 5) Eva Dunbar

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