‘Sharing this win with everybody,’ Tamara Walcott sets powerlifting record with a 639-pound deadlift

MANASSAS, VA. — Tamara Walcott set a World Raw Powerlifting Federation record — breaking her old one — with a world record deadlift of 639 pounds in Saturday’s American Pro Powerlifting competition.

Walcott received a standing ovation at Salisbury Center where the two-day competition ended. Her latest achievement comes just nine months after she set her first world deadlift record at 636 pounds.

On the second day of competition, Walcott moved through the squat and bench press categories before focusing on her heaviest effort of the day in the deadlift. She started her first deadlift attempt at 275 kg (606 lbs) and received approval from all three judges before moving on to a heavier second attempt of 290 kg (639 lbs).

A successful second attempt resulted in a personal best and an apparent world record. But the fans’ cheers and screams were cut short after she learned Walcott had failed her second attempt.

“I didn’t feel defeated because I know I had it in me,” Walcott told ESPN. “Once I figured out what needed to be corrected, I was able to regroup. I knew what to fix.”

Walcott made the necessary adjustments before her third and final attempt at the same weight. This time the roar of the crowd was louder and stronger after Walcott passed the attempt and officially set the record. An emotional Walcott hugged friends, family and competitors who applauded her latest achievement.

“I’m feeling good,” Walcott said. “At the end of the day, this is so much bigger than myself. Powerlifting is new to me. Many people I’ve stood in this room with have been training their entire lives. I only started four years ago in a sport that people have been training in for so many years and to be at the top I don’t think I’m there by luck. I think I’m there by faith because that’s so much bigger than me and I. I share this win with everyone.”

https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/34319718/sharing-win-everybody-tamara-walcott-sets-powerlifting-record-639-pound-deadlift ‘Sharing this win with everybody,’ Tamara Walcott sets powerlifting record with a 639-pound deadlift

Emma Bowman

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