The 35th Women’s and 44th Men’s Open World Powerlifting Championships 2014 took place in Aurora, Colorado from November 3rd through November 8th.
There were around 250 lifters from 43 countries all around the world that showed up at the 2014 IPF Open World Championships. We saw firsthand the most prestigious female and male powerlifters competing for gold in Aurora. This Open World Championship produced 27 new World Records (Squat 7, Benchpress 7, Deadlift 4 and Overall Total 9) which were all performed on Eleiko Powerlifting Equipment. In the ladies competition we saw Larysa Soloviova from the Ukraine claim the Best Female lifter award with a total of 683.5 kg, that is roughly 1,504 pounds, while weighting in at just under 138 pounds. The best lifter award for the men was Carl Yngvar Christensen, from Norway, totaling 1230 kg, which is 2,706 pounds. The Russians were victorious in both the men’s and women’s team results.
Some of the biggest world record lifts from the male lifter last week included a 300 kg (660 lbs) squat by the 56 kg (123.2 lbs) lifter from Russia, Sergey Fedosienko, a 370 kg (814 lbs) Deadlift World Record from United State’s own, Ian Bell, and none other than the amazing 490 kg (1,078 lbs) squat from the Norwegian, Carl Yngvar Christensen.
The women lifters showed up with their eyes on setting new world records as well. Natalia Salnikova of Russia broke her own benchpress world record twice finishing with a final lift of 137.5 kg (302.5 lbs). Wei-Ling Chen shattered the world record for the 47 kg (103.4 lbs) female class by standing up a 200 kg (440 lbs) squat, which is more than four times her body weight. It was truly an amazing championship with first class lifting.
Eleiko has been a proud sponsor of the IPF for several years. Our partnership continues to grow as the sport of powerlifting become more and more popular around the world.