The 2022 USAPL Ataraxis Open took place in Kingston, New York over the weekend of November 5-6, and Elliott Sykes was one of the standout performers. The 16-year-old powerlifter Elliott just had his breakthrough competition, impressing everyone in the community. Elliott won the raw 75-kilogram weight class in the Teen II (16-17 Years Old) age class. In addition, he scored two All-Time World Records.
Elliott Sykes set his first of two All-Time World Records in the squat event having lifted 260 kilograms (573.2 pounds). Competing in the raw division, Sykes was only allowed to use knee sleeves and a lifting belt. The previous record was in possession of Dane Steadman who squatted 242.5 kilograms (534.6 pounds) at the 2015 USPA Boss of Bosses 2.
Elliott Sykes also set a new Total World Record, as he accumulated 687.5 kilograms (1,515.7 pounds) across three events. Dane Steadman also held this record previously, having totaled 675 kilograms (1,488.1 pounds) at the 2015 USPA Boss of Bosses 2.
Elliott Sykes’ Full Performance
Elliott Sykes usually competes in the 67.5-kilogram weight class, but he weighed in over that limit for the 2022 USAPL Ataraxis Open. His bodyweight at the time of this competition was 70.9 kilograms (156.3 pounds), which placed him in the under 75-kilogram weight class. Nevertheless, Elliott still managed to set two new World Records.
Elliott Sykes had nine attempts at this powerlifting competition and all of them were successful. So, apart from claiming two World Records, Elliott also bested all of his competition PRs by a large margin.
- 237.5 kilograms (523.6 pounds)
- 245 kilograms (540.1 pounds)
- 260 kilograms (573.2 pounds)— U75 Teen II (16-17) All-Time World Record & Competition PR
- 127.5 kilograms (281.1 pounds)
- 140 kilograms (308.6 pounds)
- 155 kilograms (341.7 pounds) — Competition PR
- 242 kilograms (533.5 pounds)
- 260 kilograms (573.2 pounds)
- 272.5 kilograms (600.8 pounds) — Competition PR
Total — 687.5 kilograms (1,515.7 pounds) — U75 Teen II (16-17) All-Time World Record & Competition PR
This was just the fourth competition in which the young Elliott Sykes took part in. However, he has won all four and currently holds a 100% win streak.
Elliott Sykes’ Competition History
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Despite being only 16 years old, Elliott Sykes is projected to reach the levels of John Haack, Taylor Atwood, and many others. However, while he has the talent, Elliott will need to continue putting in the hard work and stay injury free for years to become one of the all-time greatest powerlifters.