The biggest competition for the older age groups in powerlifting this year is the 2023 IPF World Masters Championships. They took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from October 8-15, and displayed a full week of greatness. While all the athletes who earned the right to compete in this competition were impressive, there were still some standout performances. Arguably the greatest one of all came from Patricia Johnson, who competed in the raw +84-kilogram weight class. She came out with new raw Deadlift and Total IPF World Records in the Masters 2 (50-59 Years Old) age class.
After narrowly missing out on setting new competition PRs in the squat and bench press events, Patricia Johnson made sure to crush the deadlift. Obviously, she was not too affected by the first two events, as she looked strong and energized.
Patricia Johnson initially broke the +84KG Masters 2 World Record Deadlift on her first attempt, having locked out 231 kilograms (509.3 pounds). However, that was nowhere near close to her plateau, as Patricia ended up deadlifting 255 kilograms (562.2 pounds) on her final attempt, which now stands as the new World Record.
Watch the lift here:
Manaena Sonia previously held the +84 Masters 2 Deadlift World Record, which she set by locking out 230 kilograms (507.1 pounds) at the 2014 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships. So, after being unscathed for nearly a decade, Manaena’s record has now been outperformed by a staggering 24 kilograms (53 pounds).
Patricia Johnson’s Full Performance
Patricia Johnson was born in 1970, meaning that she has just joined the Masters 2 age class a few years ago. However, her performance at the 2023 IPF World Masters Championships places her as one of the greatest this age class has ever seen. Patricia did not fail any of her attempts during the competition, which was the outcome she was hoping for. Due to this, she managed to win her division in an extremely dominant fashion, as the second-place finisher’s Total turned out to be 132.5 kilograms (292.1 pounds) lighter than Patricia’s.
- 177.5 kilograms (391.3 pounds)
- 190 kilograms (418.9 pounds)
- 200 kilograms (440.9 pounds)
- 112.5 kilograms (248 pounds)
- 117.5 kilograms (259 pounds)
- 120 kilograms (264.6 pounds)
- 231 kilograms (509.3 pounds)
- 245 kilograms (540.1 pounds)
- 255 kilograms (562.2 pounds) — +84KG Masters 2 IPF World Record
Total — 575 kilograms (1,267.7 pounds) — +84KG Masters 2 IPF World Record
*Manaena Sonia previously held the IPG Masters 2 Total World Record of 507.5 kilograms (1,118.8 pounds), which she set at the 2014 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
This was Patricia Johnson’s 11th sanctioned powerlifting appearance and her 11th straight victory as well. So, she has still not tasted defeat in the sport of powerlifting, even after competing on the biggest stage. On the other hand, Patricia is also successful in many other aspects of life, having became an IFBB Pro in bodybuilding and claimed a Doctorate in Education as well. Patricia is now fully dedicated to powerlifting and is writing history with every appearance she makes.