Temur Samkharadze - Image credit @theipf Instagram
Temur Samkharadze is arguably the most known Junior powerlifter in the entire IPF (International Powerlifting Federation), mainly due to his dominance against his peers. He now displayed it once again at the 2023 IPF World Juniors and Sub-Juniors Classic Championships, which took place from August 24 to September 3rd in Cluj Napoca, Romania. Temur took part in the Junior +120-kilogram weight class and won it by totaling over 100 pounds more than the second-place finisher. However, that still wasn’t the most impressive portion of his performance, as he also managed to set a 388-kilogram (855.4 pounds) Deadlift IPF Junior World Record.
Temur Samkharadze’s first deadlift attempt came out to 340 kilograms (749.6 pounds), which already pretty much secured him the title at the competition. However, Temur still remained motivated, as his sights were on the World Record. So, his next deadlift was 360 kilograms (793.7 pounds), which looked no more difficult than the first one.
Temur Samkharadze was obviously feeling very strong on the day, as his final deadlift displayed a humongous jump to 388 kilograms (855.4 pounds) for a new +120KG IPF Junior World Record. Still, Temur managed to lock it out without too much struggle. His technique for the deadlift consisted of a conventional stance and a mixed grip, while he was only allowed to use a lifting belt in the raw division.
Temur Samkharadze was the biggest favorite going into the 2023 IPF Juniors and Sub-Juniors World Championships, and everyone who predicted his victory turned out to be right. One man was closely pursuing Temur on the squat and bench press, but he was completely floored by Samkharadze’s deadlift skills. So, while there is always a chance for a surprise in powerlifting, Temur did not allow it to happen.
360 kilograms (793.7 pounds)
385 kilograms (848.8 pounds)
395 kilograms (870.8 pounds)
210 kilograms (463 pounds)
225 kilograms (496 pounds)
Unsuccessful — 232.5 kilograms (512.6 pounds)
340 kilograms (749.6 pounds)
360 kilograms (793.7 pounds)
388 kilograms (855.4 pounds) — +120KG IPF Junior World Record
Data Source: Open Powerlifting. Last Updated: August 17, 2023
Temur Samkharadze has taken part in a total of seven competitions so far, where he has also managed to secure five victories. However, despite being a Junior powerlifter, Temur also competed in the Open age class a few months ago, where only Jesus Olivares managed to beat him. So, it is safe to say that he is currently one of the greatest-ranked powerlifters in the world.
Temur Samkharadze has now successfully defended his IPF Junior World Champion title from 2022, but he will already need to look forward, as he also needs to defend his 2023 EPF European Champion title. That should not be too big of a task for him on its own, but Temur could look to break some more World and European records.
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