Heather Connor (47 kg) units a brand new IPF world report at 200 kg (440.9 lbs).

Connor added more jewels to her deadlift crown.

When it comes to “doing the seemingly impossible” on monstrous deadlifts, Heather Connor is second to none. During the 2023 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Valletta, Malta, the superstar pulled another heavy rabbit out of his black top hat when she deadlifted 200 kilograms (440.9 pounds) in the raw state. The milestone is one IPF World Record in the 100-pound weight class and helped Connor take third place, with rival Tiffany Chapon once again claiming top spot.

Connor’s raw IPF world deadlift record dwarfs her own previous massive pull of 185 kilograms (407.8 pounds). This feat was achieved by the athlete at the 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships. About a calendar year later, Connor rewrote the record books himself. that’s a staggering 15 kilograms (33.1 pounds) to the pure deadlift record in the 47-kilogram class. Connor wore a lifting belt while adopting a sumo stance and a mixed grip on her loaded barbell for the historic move.

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A former two-time IPF World Champion (2017, 2019), the 2023 IPF World Championships was officially Connor’s second attempt to reclaim the top spot in the 47kg class. Unfortunately for the athlete, Connor’s efforts matched the rise of the now three-time 47kg world champion in Chapon. Still, taking home a record on a signature lift is never a bad consolation prize.

Here is a summary of Connor’s top stats from the 2023 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships:

Heather Connor (47kg) | Top stats of IPF worlds 2023

  • squatting — 132.5 kilograms (292.1 pounds)
  • bench press — 75 kilograms (165.3 pounds)
  • deadlift — 200 kilograms (440.9 pounds) | IPF World Record
  • In total — 407.5 kilograms (898.4 pounds)

Notably, according to a thoughtful post on Connor’s Instagram, the powerlifter almost had to overcome a degree of health adversity to achieve her latest deadlift world record. The athlete wrote that she heard “popping noises” while performing a squat and that the prospect of competing injured was “terrifying.” At the time of writing, Connor has not provided further details on the extent of her condition or if anything was wrong at all.

It seems like just a minor scare in the final chapter of a powerlifting star.

“This is the happiest and healthiest life in a long time,” Connor began. “It was unreal to have to keep trying to set a massive world record and get on the podium. It was exciting and what I think defines the sport [of powerlifting] It’s so much more fun to watch.”

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Based on her past competitive precedent, Connor is likely to compete in at least one more sanctioned competition before the end of 2023. For one, the athlete is the reigning Fédération Française de Force (FFForce) Girl Power champion. Plus, more performances are just more golden opportunities for a famous deadlifter to break more records of her own.

Featured image: @theipf on Instagram

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