The 2021 IPF World Champion, Russel Orhii, has made a decision to miss out on the 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships and take part in the 2022 USAPL Mega Nationals instead. The Nationals are taking place from June 7-12, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Russel has already begun his domination there. He won the raw 82.5-kilogram weight class very comfortably and claimed two American records while doing so.
Russel Orhii’s first USAPL American record came in the squat event, as he squatted 320.5 kilograms (706.6 pounds). He also held the previous record of 313.5 kilograms (691.1 pounds), which he set at the 2019 USAPL Raw Nationals.
Russel Orhii also set the USAPL American Total Record, as his result after squat, bench, and deadlift came out to 838 kilograms (1,847.5 pounds). He held the previous record in this event as well, since he totaled 833 kilograms (1,836.5 pounds) at the 2019 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
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Russel Orhii’s Full Performance
Russel Orhii weighed in at 82.19 kilograms (181.2 pounds) for this competition. He did not break any of his competition PRs, but he set all of those PRs while competing in weight classes heavier than 82.5 kilograms.
- 297.5 kilograms (655.9 pounds)
- 310.5 kilograms (684.5 pounds)
- 320.5 kilograms (706.6 pounds) — U82.5KG USAPL American Record
*Russel Orhii has a heavier competition PR of 323 kilograms (712.1 pounds) from the 2021 USAPL Raw Nationals.
- 180 kilograms (396.8 pounds)
- 185 kilograms (407.9 pounds)
- 187.5 kilograms (413.4 pounds)
*Russel Orhii has a heavier competition PR of 195 kilograms (429.9 pounds) from the 2019 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
- 310 kilograms (683.4 pounds)
- 325 kilograms (716.5 pounds)
- 330 kilograms (727.5 pounds)
*Russel Orhii has a heavier competition PR of 333 kilograms (734.1 pounds) from the 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
Total — 838 kilograms (1,847.5 pounds) — U82.5KG USAPL American Record
*Russel Orhii has a heavier competition PR of 843 kilograms (1,858.5 pounds) from the 2021 USAPL Raw Nationals.
Interestingly, if Russel Orhii had decided to take part in the 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships, his 838-kilogram total would have secured him the win. Asein Enahoro won the 83-kilogram weight class of the 2022 IPF World’s with a 780-kilogram (1,719.6-pound)
Courtesy of Weightlifting-School YouTube channel. Check out all of Russel Orhii’s lifts:
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The 2022 USAPL Mega Nationals were Russel Orhii’s 17th sanctioned powerlifting competition, and his16th win. Those include two IPF World Championships and multiple USAPL Raw Nationals.
Russel Orhii is also preparing for a bodybuilding show later this year. Therefore, it is wonderful to see that he achieved the perfect balance between the two sports and that his powerlifting career continues to flourish. Additionally, his physique is also pretty impressive.
Great tournament , only negative was the announsers they were all over the place very hard to watch and follow, they talked too much instead of covering the event. Very hard to follow live streaming, they made it so confusing and very [email protected]@!>