The 2023 IPF World Equipped Championships, scheduled for November 13-19, in Vilnius, Lithuania. As such, it has gathered the finest powerlifters in the world, all of whom set their sights on the gold medal. However, some managed to claim the ultimate achievement, that is, setting a World Record. Most notably, Kenia Monserrate put up a 227.5-kilogram (501.6-pound) Equipped Squat IPF World Record in the 57-kilogram weight class.
Kenia Monserrate walked out onto the platform wearing knee sleeves and a squat suit, determined to set a brand new IPF World Record. She then braced, un-racked the barbell, and began squatting 227.5 kilograms (501.6 pounds). She quickly dropped down to the required depth, and started pushing back up. Her ascent was slow at first, but she pushed through the sticking point and let out a victorious scream.
Sri Hartati held the previous U57 Equipped Squat IPF World Record of 225 kilograms (496 pounds), which she set at the 2018 IPF World Powerlifting Championships. So, now that Kenia Monserrate has broken that record, she also became the first woman in the 57-kilogram weight class to squat over 500 pounds.
Despite setting the World Record, Kenia Monserrate failed to win her weight class at the 2023 IPF World Equipped Championships. Instead, she claimed the silver medal, but only after an extremely tight battle against Alessandra Cernigliaro. In fact, both Kenia and Alessandra finished with a Total of 535 kilograms (1,179.5 pounds). So, Kenia ended up in second place due to a tiebreaker rule, which stated that the advantage goes to the athlete with a lower bodyweight.
Kenia Monserrate’ Full Performance
Squat: 227.5 kilograms (501.6 pounds) — U57KG Equipped IPF World Record
Bench Press: 120 kilograms (264.6 pounds)
Deadlift: 195 kilograms (429.9 pounds)
Total: 535 kilograms (1,179.5 pounds)
2023 IPF World Equipped Championships — U57KG Podium
Kimberly Johnson (USA): 555-kg (1,223.6-lb)
Kenia Monserrate (ECU): 535-kg (1,179.5-lb)
Alessandra Cernigliaro (ITA): 535-kg (1,179.5-lb)
Kenia Monserrate has been competing in powerlifting since 2008, so she has clearly spent quite a lot of time training and competing in powerlifting. During her career so far, Kenia has taken part in 34 sanctioned powerlifting competitions, out of which she claimed 15 victories. Her most special win came at the 2014 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships. Apart from that, Kenia has stood on countless respectable podiums.
Data Source: Open Powerlifting. Last Updated: August 17, 2023
Now at 32-years-old, Kenia Monserrate is easily one of the greatest equipped powerlifters in the world. She is also one of Ecuador’s best representatives across all sports. However, Kenia is also a personal trainer and a nutritionist. So, she is an all-around incredible athlete, which leaves no doubts about a lengthy future in the sport of powerlifting.
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