Victoria Long is a name that pops up in every debate about who the strongest woman alive is. She has earned this status through numerous mind-blowing feats of strength and prestigious titles that she has claimed. While every event is solid for Victoria, she still has her favorites, and one of those is the deadlift. Even to such an extent that she almost broke the World Record at the 2023 Kaos Classic Record Breakers. However, she fell 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) short, managing to lock out 297 kilograms (654.8 pounds) on her heaviest successful attempt.
Victoria Long attended the 2023 Kaos Classic for the sole purpose of attempting to break the World Record, which is currently held by Lucy Underdown. Lucy set the record in 2021 by locking out 300 kilograms (661.4 pounds). Unfortunately for Victoria, she was not able to claim the record for herself.
Victoria Long made her 297-kilogram (654.8-pound) deadlift look extremely easy. In turn, everyone thought that she would set a new World Record. To be fair, Victoria probably would have set the new record had she chosen to break it by a small increment. However, she opted for a massive jump to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms), which would demolish Lucy’s record. Unfortunately, while trying to pull the weight off the floor, Victoria suffered a hamstring injury. She has not revealed the severity of it, but this injury will definitely set her back a bit.
Watch Victoria Long’s 297-kg (654.8-lb) deadlift here:
It is not clear how the hamstring injury will impact Victoria Long’s future, or when she will be able to compete. She won the 2022 Shaw Classic Open for women. So, she was expected to come back and attempt to defend her title. With the competition set to take place on August 19-20, in Loveland, Colorado, it all depends on how serious Victoria’s injury is.
The Shaw Classic is not the only major title that Victoria Long has under her name, as she has in fact won the past five consecutive competitions in which she took part. Those include two Arnold Strongwoman Classics and two America’s Strongest Woman competitions.
During the 2023 Arnold Strongwoman Classic, Victoria Long also managed to set a new 651-pound (295.3-kilogram) Elephant Bar Deadlift World Record. So that is another proof of how impressive Victoria is at this event.
By the time Victoria Long comes back from her injury, the World Record mark could be pushed back further by Lucy Underdown, who also aims to lock out 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms). Regardless, Victoria proved that she will fiercely fight for the World Record. The healthy rivalry between these two incredible women will also bring enjoyment to the fans and move the sport of Strongwoman in the right direction.