Daniella Melo has left her mark in powerlifting a long time ago, as she won the IPF World Championships and numerous other major competitions. She won the USAPL Nationals five times before, but the last time she took part in one of them was in 2018. However, that has now changed, as Daniella competed at the 2022 USAPL Mega Nationals, which took place from June 7-12, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Daniella Melo competed in and won the raw 90-kilogram weight class, which is her sixth career USAPL Nationals victory. Daniella also broke the American bench press record with a massive 138-kilogram (304.2-pound) lift. LeAnn Ramirez held the previous record of 137.5 kilograms (303.1 pounds), which she set at the 2021 USAPL TBS Summer Open.
Daniella Melo’s Full Performance
Daniella Melo weighed in at 87.96 kilograms (193.7 pounds) for this competition. She went 9/9 for her lifts, as all of her attempts were successful. Despite not putting up her greatest performance, Daniella still managed to win the competition with 15.5 kilograms (34.2 pounds) advantage over the second-place finisher.
- 185 kilograms (407.9 pounds)
- 5 kilograms (435.4 pounds)
- 5 kilograms (457.5 pounds)
*Daniella Melo has a higher squat competition PR of 230 kilograms (507 pounds), which she set at the 2019 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
- 125 kilograms (275.6 pounds)
- 5 kilograms (292.1 pounds)
- 138 kilograms (304.2 pounds) — U90KG USAPL American Record & Competition PR
- 5 kilograms (446.4 pounds)
- 5 kilograms (479.5 pounds)
- 225 kilograms (496 pounds)
*Daniella Melo has a higher deadlift competition PR of 246 kilograms (302 pounds), which she set at the 2019 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships
Total — 570.5 kilograms (1,257.7 pounds)
*Daniella Melo has a higher total competition PR of 613 kilograms (1,351.4 pounds), which she set at the 2019 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
You can watch all of Daniella Melo’s lifts here, Courtesy of GOOD LIFT! YouTube channel:
The 2022 USAPL Mega Nationals were Daniella Melo’s 15th sanctioned powerlifting competition. Daniella has an impressive win percentage, as she won 13 of her 15 powerlifting appearances. Those wins include some major competitions.
- 2017 & 2018 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships — First-place
- 2018 & 2019 USAPL Arnold SBD Pro American — First-place
- 6x USAPL Nationals — First-place
Daniella Melo has taken part in two sanctioned powerlifting competitions in the past two months, but has not competed professionally for three years before that. This could mean that one of the greatest powerlifters is back for good. If that is the case, Daniella will probably impress us with amazing feats of strength once again.